Ride into the Future

Autonomous Vehicle

You may have heard the term autonomous vehicles. These are vehicles that can guide themselves down the road on their own. This technology is being adapted for public transportation. A 2017 statute approved the operation of autonomous vehicles on Texas roads.

METRO has partnered with Texas Southern University for a pilot program in which an autonomous shuttle will operate on a 1-mile, closed-loop route along TSU’s Tiger Walk.

To ensure customer safety, an attendant will be on board the shuttle during this pilot program but will not actually be operating it.

The all-electric vehicle seats six people, with standing room for six others and operates on weekdays only during these times:

• 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
• 5 - 8 p.m.

How to Ride

The vehicle is intended for usage by TSU students, faculty, staff and campus guests. Rides are free, with riders required to show a current TSU ID or valid METRO Q® Fare Card.

All riders must be 18 years of age or older. All mobility devices (including wheelchairs) and service animals are welcome. But please note: the vehicle doesn’t have wheelchair securements.

If you’re interested in a tour or group visit to the vehicle, contact METRO’s Office of Innovation at 713-615-7079 or email innovation@RideMETRO.org.

For additional details, including safety-related issues and general FAQs, please download the brochure.