Cummins, Inc. has announced a four-month pilot project that will begin Sept. 30 in Indiana to evaluate an on-demand transit solution in partnership with Purdue University and Energy Systems Network (ESN).
The collaboration, named Leaper X, includes a web-based mobile application powered by Cummins. It will also include a small trial fleet of designated campus shuttles in addition to Purdue’s traditional campus buses.
The project hopes to create a solution by improving mobility for students, faculty, and staff, Cummins stated in a press announcement.
The pilot project will help advance a new “Mobility-as-a-System” landscape using different modes, providers, and usage models to improve travel.
The pilot initiative will allow Cummins to test connected technologies and gather data, according to the announcement. The insights collected from the Leaper X program will help validate hypotheses for business and academic purposes and assess the impact that smart technologies can have on reducing travel time, boosting availability of transportation services, expanding coverage, and streamlining commuting for multimode transit solutions.
Select destinations on Purdue’s West Lafayette campus will allow commuters to initiate and manage transportation preferences using the Leaper X app. Once a ride is requested through the app and routed to a free Leaper X shuttle, users will be picked and dropped off. In addition to on-demand ride requests, users can view traditional campus bus routes.