Beep and Bestmile-Powered AVs Come to Orlando: A “Defining Moment” for Central Florida

William PeatmanNews

The Lake Nona community has launched Central Florida’s first autonomous shuttle as part of its Move Nona initiative – abold new approach to transportation providing residents and visitors with a variety of efficient and inter-connected ways to get around community. The program includes driverless shuttles operated by autonomous mobility solutions provider, Beep, headquartered in Lake Nona.

The Lake Nona community has launched Central Florida’s first autonomous shuttle as part ofits Move Nona initiative – abold new approach to transportation providing residents and visitors with a variety of efficient and inter-connected ways to get around community. The program includes driverless shuttles operated by autonomous mobility solutions provider, Beep, headquartered in Lake Nona.

As Beep’s technology partner Bestmile is also a key part of this project. Bestmile’s Fleet Orchestration Platform is used to plan all aspects of Beep’s fleet operations and to optimize performance.

“We are excited about launching this service for the community of Lake Nona,” said Joe Moye, CEO of Beep. “Eventually, the plan is to increase the number of shuttles and expand the route network to make getting around Lake Nona even easier.”

“As Orange County Mayor Demings said at the launch, this is a ‘defining moment’ for Central Florida,” Moye said. “It is also an historical moment for Beep as this represents our inaugural fleet and our entire team, as well as our partners, have been tirelessly working towards this day”.

Lake Nona is a 17-square mile city and is one of the fastest-growing master-planned communities in the United States. It features thoughtfully designed neighborhoods, top-rated education facilities, business and research clusters, retail and entertainment centers, and diverse workspaces.

Central Florida’s first autonomous shuttles operated by Beep

The first phase of the service features two 10-person fully electric, driverless shuttles manufactured by NAVYA. The service operates daily on a fixed route connecting the Lake Nona Town Center with the nearby neighborhood Village Center in Laureate Park.

Bestmile and Beep announced their partnership in August 2019, and this deployment is the first of what are expected to be many more as Beep expands in Florida and beyond.

“Bestmile is thrilled to see this project come to life,” said Bestmile CEO and cofounder, Raphael Gindrat. “Beep is a great partner that is advancing what is possible with mobility services, and we are proud to be a part of this effort.”

The state of Florida has made it clear that it aims to be a leader in autonomous mobility. Lawmakers recently passed legislation to help cultivate the autonomous vehicle sector by allowing business expansion in the state, specifically in autonomous testing. Lake Nona joins a growing list of public and private companies exploring innovative solutions like Beep to improve connectivity within their community and beyond.