Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) has started public testing of its Easy Mile EZ10 driverless shuttle.

The shuttle is available to transport passengers between the Barbara Jordan Terminal and the Rental Car Facility/Ground Transportation.

The shuttle’s current route will take passengers from the terminal to the front of the Rental Car Facility/Ground Transportation, which is also the location for the airport’s ground transportation pick-up area for taxis and ride-app services. Other route options may potentially be explored in further testing.

The shuttle seats six with additional room for standing passengers and has an automated electric access ramp for wheelchair accessibility. While the vehicle itself operates autonomously, an AUS attendant is present to assist travellers and for safety purposes during the pilot programme.

Adding the mobility solution to the airport is one of the steps Austin-Bergstrom is taking to meet the city’s Strategic Direction 2023 Health & Environment outcome.

Airports are increasingly trialling autonomous shuttles as a way to reduce emissions.