City leaders are pushing driverless shuttle service in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A national autonomous vehicle vendor toured Birmingham to see if its vehicles would be a good fit for the Magic City.

Right now, Beep Mobile operates in six states, including nearby Georgia, North Carolina and Florida. City Councilor Darrell O’Quinn invited the group to make a presentation to a REV Birmingham meeting Monday.

The shuttle vehicles are staffed by an attendant but operated by a computer. The group was told, while the vehicles can cost $400,000, technological advances will likely drive costs down dramatically over the next two years.