Driverless cars have yet to make a massive roll out world wide, however if plans for Walt Disney World’s newest line is correct, the largest rollout to date could happen at the Happiest Place on Earth. The L.A. Times reports that the resort is in final talks to bring the driverless shuttles to life as early as this year. The plan is to test the vehicles first with employee transportation. If that test is successful, the resort will then roll out more vehicles for their hotels and surrounding areas.
The resort already has almost driverless vehicles with their monorail system, and already employs a massive fleet of buses. The rumor is the latest in the transportation overhaul that is seemingly about to hit Walt Disney World, as they are also allegedly planning on an all new cable car, gondola skyway system that will transport guests from hotels to the theme parks.
If the resort rolls out the new cars, it will be the largest rollout of driverless vehicles in the world. We have to ask, though, what happens to all the bus drivers? Hopefully this will be a gradual rollout, and will not be at all of the resorts. The plans could see the new buses as early as 2018 at some of the hotels and resorts, and would likely start at some of the more high end, less populated resorts first.