RoboRide Medical

RoboRide Medical has no steering wheel or pedals and will operate using a preprogrammed, fixed route. 

The autonomous shuttle RoboRide Medical will begin service on Monday, Nov. 15, for a six-month pilot program in Peoria. 

City officials will host a launch celebration at Freedom Plaza Courtyard, located at 13714 N. Plaza Del Rio Boulevard, at 7:30 a.m. Nov. 15. The shuttle will begin transporting passengers at 8 a.m. 

“We’re excited to bring another autonomous shuttle to Peoria,” said Kevin Burke, Peoria interim chief financial officer. 

“This gives us the opportunity to work with regional partners like Maricopa Association of Governments and Arizona State University to study the practical application of driverless, electric shuttles within the city and regional transportation network.” 

The free, electric, driverless shuttle will operate in the health care district near Plaza Del Rio Boulevard. Plaza del Rio is home to more than 100 medical facilities and over 500 senior living residences. 

This service connects Peoria residents from their point-of-origin to their destination within the same service area. 

The city of Peoria has partnered with the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) and Beep Inc. to bring RoboRide Medical to Peoria. With the help of ASU, the city of Peoria will be studying the feasibility of the autonomous vehicle in the health care district as well as capture ridership adoption behaviors and patterns.  

“MAG is dedicated to exploring emerging technologies that provide transportation access and convenience to our region’s residents and improve quality of life,” said John Giles, Mesa mayor and MAG regional council chair. “The RoboRide Medical pilot project reflects the region’s commitment to transportation improvement and affirms that the region is open to new technologies that improve the efficiency, safety and operations of our transportation system. This type of forward thinking and planning is necessary to ensure regional competitiveness for the benefit of our residents.” 

RoboRide Medical has no steering wheel or pedals and will operate using a preprogrammed, fixed route. No appointment or pre-screening is necessary. Additionally, the shuttle can accommodate passengers with mobility needs, including riders with wheelchairs or scooters. The shuttle will always have an attendant onboard to ensure riders have a safe experience. RoboRide Medical holds approximately eight passengers and will operate at a maximum speed of 15 mph. The shuttle will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 

For more information about the route or autonomous shuttle technology, visit peoriaaz.gov/transit.