Clearwater, Florida hopes to host federal testing of autonomous beach buses

A driverless bus for tourist pickups on Clearwater Beach?

The test of such an autonomous vehicle is in the planning for Mandalay Avenue, according to Richard Hartman, the city’s senior transportation planner.

During its March 4 work session, the City Council agreed to write a letter of support for the demonstration of a 12-passenger, self-driving vehicle along Mandalay Drive. The letter will be included in an application for a federal grant to run the project, Hartman said.