Lincoln misses out on $1 million grant for self-driving shuttle project

Lincoln misses out on $1 million grant for self-driving shuttle project
The self-driving shuttle that recently made a trial run in Lincoln can fit 15 passengers, 11 sitting and four standing. It runs on electricity and travels about 12 mph. (EMILY NITCHER/THE WORLD-HERALD)

LINCOLN (AP) — Lincoln’s mayor says the city didn’t win a $1 million grant it wanted for an autonomous shuttle project but will continue looking for ways to pay for the idea.

Mayor Chris Beutler said Monday that Nebraska’s capital was not among the nine cities awarded $1 million by Bloomberg Philanthropies in its 2018 Mayors Challenge.

Under an earlier $100,000 Bloomberg grant, Lincoln refined its shuttle idea and tested driverless shuttles on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Innovation Campus. More than 1,500 riders participated and provided feedback for the project team.

Beutler said the city is still in the running for a $5 million grant from a U.S. Department of Transportation program.

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