( PR4US.com | Press Release | 2020-12-11 10:07:32 )
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (December 10, 2020) – Port St. Lucie-area first responders, fire fighters and law enforcement officials are better prepared for the future of self-driving shuttles after completing hands-on first responder training at Tradition.
Mattamy Homes, along with Florida-based autonomous mobility solutions provider Beep, hosted a day-long training session at the Tradition Master Planned Development in Port Saint Lucie, Florida. Both Mattamy and Beep are launching two autonomous shuttle routes in December or later this month to provide safer and eco-friendly transportation alternatives to service the Tradition Town Square, Manderlie residential community and The Landing retail center.
“It is extremely important to allow for first responders to have a chance to work with these vehicles,” said Dan Grosswald, Mattamy President of Southeast Florida Division. “Our number one priority is the safety and wellbeing of the homeowners in Tradition. We want to modernize the transportation and mobilization throughout the community by providing a safe and secure option to our residents, and we are confident in our precautions leading up to the launch of these shuttle routes.”
Participants from local and regional agencies experienced firsthand how to respond to scenarios involving the autonomous vehicles such as identifying and disabling the onboard batteries, accessing passengers in the vehicle and vehicle immobilization.
“I think all first responders know this technology is coming, it’s been part of discussions that we’ve had for years now about autonomous vehicles,” said John Bolduc, Port St. Lucie Chief of Police. “It’s exciting that were one of the first communities to get to try it. This particular autonomous vehicle is new technology to the community so it's great to have the first responders trained, not only how the vehicle operates, but how would they go about interacting with the vehicle occupants safely off the vehicle and or disable the electrical system if needed.”
Beep was founded by an experienced team of fleet managers and technology entrepreneurs, deploying shuttles in planned communities and low-speed environments across the public and private sector. The company has a perfect safety record with the largest and longest running single site AV shuttle fleet in the United States, located in Lake Nona, Florida, a 17 square-mile planned development in Orlando. First responder training has become an integral part of Beep’s larger mission to educate the public and enable the advancement of autonomous technology solutions nation-wide.
“Our first responder training program is just one important example where safety is always at the forefront of our mission. Safety is centric to every aspect of our process from the planning of routes, to deployment and operation of autonomous vehicles in communities,” said Joe Moye, Beep CEO. “Making sure police and fire departments are educated on the vehicle, how it works and where its operating provides the level of knowledge and familiarity needed to respond effectively if called upon.”
The two autonomous shuttle routes are part of Mattamy Homes’ plan to introduce a multi-functional mobility network spanning almost 20 miles with experiential trailheads along the way. As the Tradition community grows, Mattamy plans to add miles of trails for shuttle riders, bicyclists, and pedestrians to enjoy. Beginning at Manderlie, Mattamy’s first development in the area, the shuttle route will include stops at the Cleveland Clinic Tradition Hospital, Tradition Town Square, and the future site of Veterans Memorial Park. Additionally, the route will connect regional parks, athletic fields, and nature trails throughout the community.
Beep is an autonomous mobility solution company delivering the next generation of services for passenger mobility to fleet operators in planned communities and low speed environments across the public and private sector, including transportation hubs, medical and university campuses, town centers and more. From route planning to interactive managed services, Beep's offerings are designed to drive differentiation and innovation, and delight the passengers of our customers.
For more information visit: www.go-beep.com
ABOUT MATTAMY HOMES
Mattamy Homes is the largest privately owned homebuilder in North America, with a 40-plus year history across the United States and Canada. Every year, Mattamy helps more than 8,000 families realize their dream of home ownership. In the United States, the company is represented in 10 markets – Charlotte, Raleigh, Phoenix, Tucson, Jacksonville, Orlando (where its US head office is located), Tampa, Sarasota, Naples, and Southeast Florida – and in Canada, its communities stretch across the Greater Toronto Area, as well as in Ottawa, Calgary, and Edmonton. Visit www.mattamyhomes.com for more information.