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Automated school bus coming to Babcock Ranch

Posted: 9:12 AM, Sep 03, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-03 13:12:26Z

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. -- The first autonomous school bus in the world will make its debut in Southwest Florida.  

Babcock Ranch, along with Trans-Dev Transportation, created the 12-passenger electric bus.

Right now it can go up to 8 miles an hour, but Trans-Dev says it will eventually go up to 30.

The bus also brakes automatically when danger is detected.  A safety attendant will be onboard at all times while students are riding. 

A spokesperson with Trans-Dev says they've already began testing and will launch the bus later this month