Starting tonight, Capital Metro will begin testing autonomous vehicle technology for the pilot downtown circulator service launching later this year. The testing will take place between the Convention Center and Republic Square through August 5. Vehicle safety, street signalization, and the efficiency and performance of battery technology will be examined during this evaluation period.
To accommodate this testing phase, Austin Transportation will implement rolling lane closures July 24 through August 1. The closures will take place between midnight and 4 AM in order to be the least disruptive to traffic. Rolling closures will take place in the following locations:
- Third Street, between Nueces and Trinity streets
- Fourth Street, between Trinity and San Jacinto streets
- San Jacinto Street, between Third and Fourth streets
- Trinity Street, between Third and Fourth streets
While each closure will go into effect at midnight, preparation work will begin at 11:30 pm. The Austin Police Department will deploy officers to direct traffic during the closures. Capital Metro anticipates the selected pilot vehicles will be in operation later this fall.