Stantec brings AVs to Vegas medical district

Autonomous shuttles will serve hospitals, clinics, University of Nevada and medical school
Mobility as a Service / May 19, 2021
By Ben Spencer
Stantec Las Vegas Medical District GoMed Programme Automated Circulator and Connected Pedestrian Safety Program
Stantec says solutions applied to the 674-acre cluster will be replicable city-wide (image credit: Stantec)

Stantec is to implement a programme that will use autonomous shuttles to facilitate travel to, from and within the Las Vegas Medical District (LVMD).

The 674-acre LVMD cluster includes hospitals, clinics, the University of Nevada and Las Vegas School of Medicine.

Kate Jack, smart mobility lead at Stantec says: “By deploying these shuttles from downtown to the medical district, we are providing a stress-free and accessible mobility solution for patients and staff.”

The GoMed Programme will also include the integration of connected technologies, traffic and data management and user software interface.

The on-demand autonomous vehicle (AV) service will serve LVMD locations and nearby transit facilities, inclusive of those with disabilities. 

Stantec insists the solution will be replicable city-wide, providing potential long-term mobility solutions for the Las Vegas Valley.

The company describes the planning and engineering of Vehicle to Infrastructure technology as a critical component in the integration of connected technologies.

AV vehicle planning, vendor selection, and operational rollout will be guided by Stantec’s GenerationAV Deployment Playbook.

GoMed – also known as the Automated Circulator and Connected Pedestrian Safety Program – is largely funded through a United States Department of Transportation Build program award. It will be jointly delivered by the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Southern Nevada and the city of Las Vegas.

The programme demonstrates the ability to apply connected and automated technology in a complex urban setting, and will integrate connected technologies like automated pedestrian detection to enhance safety, the company adds. 

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