Thursday, 17 September 2020 19:51

Phoenix Motorcars, Houston Metro, EasyMile Win Grant to Develop First FMVSS-Compliant Autonomous Shuttle Bus in U.S.


Kickstarting the autonomous bus revolution in the U.S., the city of Houston is set to receive the first Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Buy America-compliant mid-size autonomous bus in the U.S. 

Jointly developed by Phoenix Motorcars and EasyMile, the self-driving bus will be deployed in real-life traffic conditions and is set to revolutionize last-mile transit connectivity.


Furthering its success in powering traditional medium duty shuttles and trucks with its cutting-edge electric drivetrain technology, Phoenix Motorcars will integrate EasyMile's driverless technology to its range of zero emission vehicles. 


The news comes as part of Houston Metro being selected among projects to receive funding from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Accelerating Innovative Mobility (AIM) grant of nearly $1.5 million. It will develop an autonomous vehicle technology prototype for private or public roads at 1215 mph in 12 months from launch date, with further operation for 12 months of testing.


The autonomous bus will serve Texas Southern University, the University of Houston and Houston's Third Ward community connecting to Metro buses and light rail.


"We are proud to be selected by the FTA as the OEM zero-emission vehicle provider and look forward to adding the Level 4 Autonomous EZ ZEUS into our product catalog," said Thomas Allen, sales manager at Phoenix Motorcars. "As the world moves toward net zero carbon goals and prioritizes clean air quality, the self-driving ZEV is the next step in Phoenix Motorcars' quest to provide future technology today."

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