Hillsborough County

MOSI introduces new driverless shuttle

TAMPA, Fla (WFLA) - From defying gravity 36 feet overhead in the Sky Trail Ropes Course to taking a tour of the night sky with an astronomer through the Saunders Planetarium, Tampa's Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) has always been known as the "go to" place for kids. 

And now MOSI has a driverless shuttle exhibit that is sure to have everyone asking when will they be able to take a ride.

It's called the Meridian Shuttle and it is a 100 percent driverless and electric vehicle. Right now, it is for display only as an educational tool about the technology used to create such a vehicle.

When it's up and running, the Meridian Shuttle will  be a vehicle that is programmable and will follow a fixed course or an on-demand point-to-point route.

"The technology used in a driverless vehicle is exciting and timely with everything going on in our community, especially with the recent testing of HART's (Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority) driverless vehicle,"  said Rob Lamke, MOSI Chief Operating Officer.

"Our hope is that by displaying these not-so-distant future technologies to our guests, that our next generation of scientists, engineers, and inventors will see that anything is possible."

MOSI has a second Meridian Shuttle that is being assembled. Once completed, this shuttle will be used as a part of MOSI in Motion, the educational outreach programs offered by the venue.


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