Transit company looks into self-driving technology

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ROCHESTER, Minn. – Self-driving cars are becoming more popular, and now a public transit company is looking into the technology.

Recently, the parent company of Rochester’s local transit operator, First Transit, announced they would be trying out an AV shuttle program in California. The small shuttles will be able to carry 12 people and run up to 14 hours on battery life.

So far, the technology is not coming to Rochester, but officials say it has its benefits.

“That allows both our buses to be more efficient in making fewer stops — and it makes it a more convenient user experience, which is what we are going for,” said Nick Lemmer, Rochester Public Transit.

With Destination Medical Center in the works, city leaders say they are continuing to look at ways to improve how people get to and from work in the Med City.

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