Driver Free Rides!

Meridian Autonomous Electric VehicleAt FDOT’s third annual Automated Vehicles Summit, December 1 – 2 in Jacksonville, a vehicle the size and speed of a golf cart carried passengers from one end of a parking lot to the other, and back again… without a driver.

Developed by the French company Meridian, the cute open-air vehicle has also been finding its way around the Museum of Science and Industry campus since last June. By ‘finding’ we mean following a pre-programmed route, and stopping if obstacles (thinking wandering humans) get in the way.

The vehicle is controlled in part with a touchscreen console inside the passenger compartment, that simply allows starting and stopping. Up to eight standing passengers can ride at a time, at speeds up to about 25 mph.

Visit MOSI’s website for more information.