CapMetro selects partners to deliver automated bus yard project

Oct. 10, 2023
This project aims to demonstrate how automated technology can streamline bus yard operations, reduce costs and enhance safety.

Perrone Robotics has partnered with WSP, Texas Transportation Institute (TTI), Texas A&M and Clever Devices to automate a 40-foot bus for automated yard operations in Austin, Texas, in collaboration with the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority (CapMetro).

"This collaboration represents a significant milestone in advancing automated vehicle technology," said Paul Perrone, CEO of Perrone Robotics. "We are excited to partner with WSP, Clever Devices, TTI and CapMetro to pioneer automated bus yard operations for 40-foot battery electric buses. This project showcases the potential of automated technology to revolutionize the public transit sector and contribute to a more sustainable future."

Automated bus yard operations will evolve how buses are stored, operated and charged. The project aims to demonstrate how automated technology can streamline bus yard operations, reduce costs and enhance safety, ultimately benefiting passengers, employees and the environment.

Perrone Robotics brings its TONY System to deploy the automated vehicle system. WSP's specialty in engineering will provide support throughout the project. WSP has extensive industry knowledge and commitment to sustainability. Clever Devices specializes in transportation technology solutions and will contribute their expertise in connected vehicle systems and data analytics to optimize automated yard operations. TTI is known in the industry for its credibility, technical expertise and reputation for objectivity. TTI also plays a key role in educating the next generation of transportation professionals, training students in the laboratory and classroom.

"WSP is committed to shaping the future of transportation. Joining with industry-leading partners like Perrone, Clever Devices and TII makes these advancements available today. We look forward to working together on this project and creating a more efficient and safe bus yard for all of our customers," said Severin Skolrud, vice president transit & rail at WSP.

The project is set to commence in Q4 2023 and will be conducted at a dedicated testing facility in Austin, Texas. The results of this innovative endeavor are expected to have far-reaching implications for the future of public transportation.