Expansion Services Healthcare Workers and Students
Starting in April patients, visitors, employees, and community members have a new and innovative way to connect to the Nemours Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, UCF College of Medicine, and UCF Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences in Lake Nona without having to use their personal vehicle and worry about parking.
The additional autonomous shuttle route connects the Nemours Children’s Hospital campus and adds a stop to one of its existing routes to access UCF. The new passenger service expands the Move Nona autonomous vehicle mobility network in Lake Nona, a 17-square-mile planned, neo-urban community by Tavistock Development Company.
“Expanding our driverless shuttle routes in Lake Nona to another area of the community is part of our commitment and mission to provide the public a safer, convenient transportation alternative. By using the most advanced autonomous shuttle platforms, we can connect more people to the important services and locations they seek while positively impacting the environment by utilizing our driverless, electric vehicles,” said Joe Moye, Beep CEO.
The Purple line, the fifth route to Lake Nona’s alternative mobility service, connects the Town Center and the Nemours Children’s Hospital campus to the Lake Nona Town Center. The Red line, which currently serves the Orlando VA Medical Center, will have an additional stop on the UCF College of Medicine campus. Both routes provide visiting families, employees, and students with open-air space for walking, dining, and entertainment minutes from the hospital and medical campus at the Town Center. Shuttle passengers can also connect to additional shuttle routes from the Town Center hub, giving them access to additional recreational, hotel, retail, and dining options.
“Having the Beep available can save time and reduce stress for our patient families and for our dedicated associates at Nemours Children’s Hospital. The autonomous shuttles will provide added connectivity to all that the Lake Nona community has to offer, and this is especially helpful for families of patients who are getting treatment in the hospital for extended periods of time,” said Randall Hartley, Chief Operating Officer at NCH, one of the early tenants of Lake Nona.
Since launching the first route in Lake Nona in September 2019, the 100-percent electric vehicles have safely transported more than 21,000 passengers over roughly 17,000 miles across the mobility network. The Lake Nona alternative mobility network is the largest and longest-running autonomous vehicle network in the United States.
Track the shuttles and see the schedule in Lake Nona by downloading Ride Beep.