Beep, a Florida-based autonomous Mobility-as-a-Service provider, will deploy its first autonomous shuttles at Yellowstone National Park with the National Parks Service (NPS) in May 2021.
The pilot program will test multi-passenger, electric automated vehicle platforms to provide visitors a safe, innovative and eco-friendly transportation alternative while exploring Yellowstone.
Beep will work in concert with both NPS Park Planning, Facilities and Lands Directorate, the Department of Transportation, and Yellowstone National Park to plan, deploy, and operate two autonomous shuttles in the Canyon Village. Exact shuttle stops, route locations and distance will be determined jointly between Beep and the NPS.
According to a press release by Yellowstone National Park, the initiative is part of the Yellowstone Visitor Use Management Program, which is focused on testing a range of pilot projects around the park to enhance the visitor experience.
“It’s an honor to be the first in the country to provide autonomous shuttles to the NPS and its visitors," Joe Moye, Beep CEO, said in a statement. "Yellowstone’s Visitor Use Management Program aligns with Beep’s mission to provide alternative, sustainable, and innovative transportation solutions meant to transform and improve mobility for all. This demonstration will help assess how emerging technologies can enhance the visitor experience while making the roads safer and less congested for everyone."
During the deployment, Beep will provide a full suite of services for the pilot including the autonomous vehicles, engineering, and mapping of the routes, complete operational, monitoring, and management for regular oversight and to support ridership demand. By utilizing 100% electric autonomous shuttles that will have zero emissions, the deployment aligns with the park’s priority to improve visitor safety, access, and experience.
The pilot will be supported and monitored by an onboard shuttle specialist, on the ground staff and Beep’s Global Command Center to ensure safe and reliable operation.