Yellowstone unveils electric, automated shuttles for summer testing

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Raquel Asa speaks to members of the media during a press event demonstrating the electric automated shuttles at Canyon Village in Yellowstone National Park on Tuesday, June 8.

MIKE CLARK PHOTOS, Billings Gazette Brett French

Yellowstone National Park is testing a new driverless, electric shuttle system during the 2021 summer. The two shuttles, which can be found in the park’s Canyon Village area, could provide a look at the future of park transportation.

In 149 years, Yellowstone National Park has moved from horse-based transportation for visitors to the first testing of an electric shuttle capable of operating without a driver.

On Wednesday the park launched a $360,000 public experiment into what could be the next generation of park transportation when it unveiled two eight-passenger, window-walled cubes nicknamed TEDDY (The Electric Driverless Demonstration at Yellowstone).

“This type of technology can really help us achieve some of our major sustainability goals that we’ve set here in the park,” said Cam Sholly, park superintendent, as the vehicles were

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