Bright orange self-driving vans coming to Frisco

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A self-driving van service is coming to Frisco and for now it will be free.

A company called Drive.ai will launch the service in July in the area around HALL Park and The Star. People will be able to request a ride with a smartphone app.

The bright-orange vans will operate on public roads. But they will be clearly labeled and have a very limited service area with pre-determined pickup and drop-off areas.

Initially there will be a human in the vehicles monitoring their operation. Eventually Drive.ai plans to remove them. The vans will then be monitored remotely by an operator.

“Frisco is recognized as a leader in using ‘smart,’ innovative traffic technologies,” said Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney. “Drive.ai’s autonomous vehicles will help people get around one of our most vibrant, commercial areas along Frisco’s North Platinum Corridor.”

“Our technology is safe, smart, and adaptive, and we are ready to work with governments and businesses to solve their transportation needs,” said Drive.ai CEO Sameep Tandon.

The pilot program in Frisco will last for six months.