Driverless Transportation Vehicles Coming to Walt Disney World?

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    Blue Sky

    In 2017 Walt Disney World engaged in negotiations with at least two manufacturers of autonomous (driverless) shuttles. The two reported companies were Local Motors, based in Phoenix, and Navya, based in Paris. Those negotiations seemed to have been silenced, but it is unknown if Disney is exploring other options for autonomous vehicles.

    At this time it is unknown how these vehicles would be used, but speculation is that they would be used for transportation between resorts and parks. It is also unknown if one or both vendors would be used.

    With no solid link between these discussions, we are calling this rumor Blue Sky.

    RUMOR TIMELINE

    January 25, 2021: Chevrolet announced that they have teamed up with Disney to reveal the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt EUV and Bolt EV. Details on the reveal are limited, but the reveal will take place on February 14, 2021.

    Chevrolet is currently a sponsor of Test Track in EPCOT.

    November 7, 2018: Jalopnik.com posted an article stating that the two companies competing for an autonomous vehicle deal with Disney accused one another of stealing blueprints for the crucial technology.

    July 11, 2017: On the latest episode of the Unofficial Guide’s Disney Dish podcast, Jim Hill and Len Testa discussed the driverless cars that could be coming to Walt Disney World. They also indicated that Siemens offered Disney a full fleet of Siemens branded monorails but Disney turned them down with the knowledge that they weren’t far away from these driverless vehicles.

    April 28, 2017: The LA Times is reporting that Walt Disney World is in the late stages of negotiations with at least two manufacturers of autonomous (driverless) shuttles. The two reported companies are Local Motors, based in Phoenix, and Navya, based in Paris.

    At this time it is unknown how these vehicles will be used, but speculation is that they would be used for transportation between resorts and parks. It is also unknown if one or both vendors would be used.

    A pilot program to transportation Disney cast members may take place later this year.

    This would represent the largest commercial use of any such system.

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