Lincoln loses grant bid for autonomous shuttle project

October 29, 2018 GMT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Lincoln’s mayor says the city didn’t win $1 million grant it wanted for an autonomous shuttle project but will continue looking for ways to pay for the idea.

Mayor Chris Beutler said Monday that Nebraska’s capital was not among the nine cities awarded $1 million by Bloomberg Philanthropies in its 2018 Mayors Challenge.

Under an earlier $100,000 Bloomberg grant , Lincoln refined its shuttle idea and tested driverless shuttles on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Innovation Campus. More than 1,500 riders participated and provided feedback for the project team.

Beutler says the city is still in the running for a $5 million grant from a U.S. Department of Transportation program.