- Associated Press - Friday, September 9, 2016

BRYAN, Texas (AP) - A working prototype of a freight transport shuttle designed to carry freight speedily through highly congested areas has been launched at the Texas A&M; Transportation Institute.

The (Bryan-College Station) Eagle (https://bit.ly/2cx67sr) reports the Friday launch comes after more than a decade of privately funded development jointly by the Texas A&M; University and the private company Freight Shuttle International.

The company chairman, Stephen Roop, says the Freight Shuttle System aims “to take trucks off the road in highly congested, high volume locations” such as marine ports and border crossings.

The shuttle is designed to be driverless, automated and separated from other modes of transportation. The company already has a deal to experiment with the system at the Port of Houston.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott attended Friday’s launch.

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Information from: The Eagle, https://www.theeagle.com

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