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Phoenix Motorcars and Perrone Robotics Deliver Houston METRO’s First Autonomous Shuttle Bus

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Phoenix Motorcars Inc., has announced the successful demonstration of the nation’s first autonomous cutaway shuttle bus with Houston

Phoenix Motorcars Inc., has announced the successful demonstration of the nation’s first autonomous cutaway shuttle bus with Houston METRO, in partnership with Perrone Robotics, STV and AECOM. This is the first Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Buy America-compliant mid-size autonomous bus in the United States.

Built on Phoenix’s medium-duty ZEUS electric shuttle bus, the autonomous capability is enabled by equipping the vehicle with the TONY AV from Perrone Robotics, utilizing the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Accelerating Innovative Mobility (AIM) grant awarded to Houston. The autonomous bus will serve TSU and the third ward community.

“We are excited to be part of this groundbreaking project in partnership with Houston METRO and Perrone Robotics. At Phoenix, we pride ourselves in leading the charge in electrifying shuttle buses, and enabling autonomous capabilities is crucial to unlocking the benefits of electric drivetrains,” said Denton Peng, CEO of Phoenix Motorcars.

Jose Paul, Chief Revenue Officer of Phoenix added, “This is a momentous occasion for our team who have been working closely with Houston METRO from the initial conceptualization stage through completion. Autonomous capability for electric vehicles is truly at the intersection of innovation and sustainability. It’s a steppingstone to introducing autonomous capabilities to our full offering of buses and trucks”.

SOURCE: Phoenix Motorcars

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