Photo Gallery: NCDOT, National Park Service launch driverless shuttle: CASSI

By Taylor Newton, Photo Editor

Setting a large milestone, the new autonomous vehicle named CASSI debuts at the Wright Brothers Memorial. After months of preparation between EasyMile, the North Carolina Department of Transportation and the National Park Service, the driverless shuttle is available to the public for the next two months for free.  This photo gallery captures the full release ceremony that took place just across the street from FFHS.

Shortly after the arrival of the CASSI shuttle, crowds gather around to view the next step in technology.

David Hallac, Superintendent of the National Parks of Eastern Carolina announces the CASSI shuttle release to the public.

Julie White, Deputy Secretary of NCDOT speaks in front of video cameras and spaced out crowds.

Cutting the red ribbon, officials pose before their first test rides on the new driverless shuttle.

The electric motors of CASSI kick-off as the crowd of spectators, watches history be made.


From CASSI’s first drive to its last, the three-month trial will test the effectiveness and safety of the self-driving shuttle.

Cheif Autonomous Vehicle Operator Jason Perez (right) chats with Park Ranger Boone Vandzura (left) whilst riding the CASSI shuttle.

Kneeling beside the CASSI shuttle, Chief Autonomous Vehicle Operator Jason Perez (left) displays features to park rangers and police officers.

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