Nevada picks Stantec for Autonomous Medical Mobility in Las Vegas

  • May 26, 2021
  • William Payne

Southern Nevada’s Regional Transportation Commission has selected Canadian engineering design firm Stantec to lead the implementation of its vision for safer and more efficient travel to, from, and within the Las Vegas Medical District (LVMD). 

The GoMed Programme will include planning and implementation for integration of autonomous vehicles (AVs), connected technologies, traffic and data management, and user software interface. The programme is claimed as one of the first long-term deployments of AV shuttles in the world.

Also known as the Automated Circulator and Connected Pedestrian Safety Programme, GoMed is largely funded through a United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) BUILD programme award. It will be jointly delivered by the Southern Nevada Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) and the City of Las Vegas. 

The programme aims to demonstrate the ability to apply connected and automated technology in a complex urban setting, and will integrate connected technologies like automated pedestrian detection to enhance safety. 

Urban mobility projects in Las Vegas include the Fremont Street pilot, the first driverless shuttle pilot in the United States, where Stantec staff provided program management, vehicle testing plans, and AV strategies.

The on-demand service will be provided by connected and autonomous technology  which will deliver patients and staff to LVMD locations and nearby transit facilities.

The project will cover a 674-acre cluster of hospitals, clinics, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Medicine. The project also aims to provide potential long-term mobility solutions for the Las Vegas Valley.

“We are delighted to be a partner in this cutting-edge project. Las Vegas is leading the way in deploying autonomous vehicles to solve real-world problems, building a more sustainable transportation system for the future,” said Kate Jack, Smart Mobility Lead at Stantec. “By deploying these shuttles from downtown to the medical district, we are providing a stress-free and accessible mobility solution for patients and staff.”

“We have a longstanding relationship with both the RTC and the City of Las Vegas, and we are thrilled to be part of this revolutionary project,” said Brian Norris, project manager and Stantec’s Transportation Business Leader. “We see our role in this project as more than just a consultant – we’ll be a mobility partner to RTC and the City every step of the way from planning and implementation to ribbon cutting.”