As part of the City's testing of an autonomous electric shuttle, members of the general public are invited to take a ride and share their thoughts with the project team. Public rides will start Thursday, June 28 at Nebraska Innovation Campus (NIC). The number of rides is limited, so residents are encouraged to reserve their seats online by following this process:
The loaned Navya (NAWV-yuh) shuttle will be in Lincoln through July 13, and public rides will be offered between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. June 28 and 29, and July 9 through 13.
Lincoln is able to test the shuttle because of a $100,000 grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies. Earlier this year, Lincoln was named one of 35 Champion Cities selected by Bloomberg as finalists in the 2018 Mayors Challenge. More than 320 applications were received in the nationwide competition that encourages City leaders to develop bold, inventive ideas to confront City challenges.
Lincoln has been working with Bloomberg since February to further develop the shuttle concept. The finalist cities will submit new applications in August 2018. In October, four cities will receive $1 million awards and one will receive a grand prize of $5 million to implement its idea. If Lincoln's demo is successful and additional funding is received, four to six automated shuttles could travel a fixed route in downtown Lincoln as part of a pilot program as early as 2019. Riders would summon the shuttles using smart phones or kiosks.
The City's partners in the project include HDR, Allo, Nelnet, the University of Nebraska, Nebraska Innovation Campus, the Downtown Lincoln Association and The Mill.
More information on Lincoln's project is available at shuttle.lincoln.ne.gov.
About the 2018 Mayors Challenge
The 35 Champion Cities performed the best against four key criteria - vision, potential for impact, implementation plan and potential to spread to other cities. A prestigious selection committee assessed the applications. It was Co-Chaired by Former Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and Former Xerox Chairman and CEO Ursula Burns and included distinguished policy experts, artists, academics, business executives and social innovation leaders.
The 2018 Mayors Challenge builds on the success of previous Bloomberg-sponsored Challenges in the U.S. (2013), Europe (2014), and Latin America and the Caribbean (2016). For more information, visit mayorschallenge.bloomberg.org and @BloombergCities on Twitter and Instagram.
About Bloomberg Philanthropies
Bloomberg Philanthropies works in over 120 countries around the world to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. The organization focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: Arts, Education, Environment, Government Innovation, and Public Health. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg's charitable activities, including his foundation and his personal giving. In 2016, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed $600 million. For more information, please visit www.bloomberg.org or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter.