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Updated: 05/17/2018 08:30:00AM

Southwest Florida at the forefront of transportation innovation

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Jason Perez, a Transdev autonomous vehicle technician, takes time out of his route around Babcock Ranch to stand beside the ranch's new EZMile Gen2 driverless electric transport vehicle.

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A look from inside Babcock Ranch's new EZMile Gen2 autonomous electric transporter, looking forward, where the driving controls of a regular, combustion-powered vehicle would be.

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Sean Quigley, business development manager for Transdev, operated a self-driving, electric shuttle Friday at Babcock Ranch during a demonstration for the Sun. The general public can ride the shuttle beginning next Friday.

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During a demonstration this year, Hall Media Strategies CEO Lisa Hall stepped in front of the moving vehicle. The shuttle utilizes LiDAR technology to sense its surroundings and stopped on its own for Hall.

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Transdev Business Development Manager Sean Quigley showed Friday how a new self-driving electric shuttle at Babcock Ranch solar powered town in Charlotte County is wheelchair accessible.

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By BILL JONES

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Lawrence D. Burns has a vision: Some day in the not-too-far distant future, residents of Babcock Ranch may never need to own an automobile.

No garages, parking spaces, gas and repair costs. No license and insurance fees. No exhaust fumes.

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