Yellowstone’s Visitor Use Management Program aligns with Beep’s mission to deliver an alternative, sustainable, and innovative transportation solutions meant to improve mobility for all.
FREMONT, CA: Beep, a Florida-based autonomous Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) provider, announces the deployment of the 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 offer visitors a safe, innovative, and eco-friendly transportation option while exploring Yellowstone.
Beep will work in concert with both NPS Park Planning, Facilities, Lands Directorate, the Department of Transportation, and Yellowstone National Park to safely plan, implement and operate two autonomous shuttles in the Canyon Village. Exact shuttle stops, route locations, and distance will be decided 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 improve the visitor experience. This demonstration will help evaluate how emerging technologies can improve the visitor experience while making the roads safer and less congested for everyone.
Beep will offer a full suite of services for the pilot during the implementation, including the autonomous vehicles, engineering, and mapping of the routes, completely operational, monitoring, and management for continuous oversight and help ridership demand. Using 100-percent electric autonomous shuttles that will have zero emissions, the deployment aligns with the park’s priority to enhance 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.
Beep has a perfect safety record with the most extensive and longest-running single site AV shuttle fleet in the United States, located in Lake Nona, Florida, a 17 square-mile planned development in Orlando. Since launching in September 2019, Beep safely transported over 16,000 passengers in its first year of operation on its initial route eliminating the equivalent of nearly 9,400 vehicle trips with carbon emissions that would have required 170 trees to reverse. Passengers can also expect processes and procedures onboard that align with best practices for ridesharing and transit, such as frequent cleaning procedures, modified seating capacity, onboard hand sanitizer, and disinfectant methods.