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Driverless Vehicles and the Future of Public Transportation

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How close is West Michigan to making driverless vehicles a reality? 

Recently, The Rapid’s CEO Peter Varga, as well as other community leaders, were asked about the probability of driverless vehicles becoming commonplace in West Michigan.

Peter Varga’s imagines for a world with less downtown traffic, parking congestion and more access to bus service for everyone. He’s not alone in his hopes. But can driverless technology may be the answer? In MLive’s recent piece on the future of driverless vehicles in West Michigan, Justin P. Hicks shares local insight gathered from recent conversations among community leaders.

In MLive’s recent piece on the future of driverless vehicles in West Michigan, Justin P. Hicks shares local insight gathered from recent conversations among community leaders.

“It’ll probably be five years before these questions get addressed and solved, and maybe in 10 years (they’re) commonplace,” said Stephen Kepley, Mayor of Kentwood. “I don’t know, but personally I would love to get more information on how the technology works.”

Learn more about how driverless vehicles fit into the future of public transportation for Grand Rapids and West Michigan as a whole. Read the full story.

Written by The Rapid

The Rapid (Interurban Transit Partnership) is the authority that provides a variety of public transportation services for the Grand Rapids metro area and beyond. It is organized and operates under Michigan Public Act 196 of 1986.