Yellowstone National Park partnered with Beep to launch the first automated shuttles in a national park setting. The goal is to test the feasibility and sustainability of autonomous shuttles to guide long-term management decisions regarding transportation in national parks.
TEDDY, The Electric Driverless Demonstration in Yellowstone, at Canyon Village showcased two routes during the pilot. Park visitors could ride one of two low-speed, electric automated shuttles free of charge during the peak summer months within the Canyon Village campground, visitor services and adjoining visitor lodging area.
Due to its remoteness and popularity, National Park Service selected Yellowstone to explore opportunities to advance its goals related to emerging mobility and better plan for the future of transportation. Beep was selected by NPS after meeting all the requirements through a competitive bid process.
The 1.5 mile route connected three main areas through Canyon Village such as visitor services, the eatery, Moran lodge and the Washburn lodge area.
The pilot will be used to help inform considerations for emerging technologies such as the use of autonomous shuttles throughout the park system. Learnings garnered during the program will be used by the NPS to examine how alternative transit systems can be used in Yellowstone to improve visitor access and experience.
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Closing Statement“We’re very pleased to participate in this shuttle pilot and test this evolving technology. As visitation continues increasing in Yellowstone, we are looking at a range of visitor management actions that focus on protecting resources, improving the visitor experience, and reducing congestion, noise and pollution. Shuttles will unquestionably play a key role in helping achieve these goals in many of the busiest areas of the park.” said Superintendent Cam Sholly.
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