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Robotic Research Awarded Innovation Grant to Improve Rider Accessibility for Bus Rapid Transit

Project With Kansas City Area Transportation Authority Funded by Federal Transit Administration AIM Grant

CLARKSBURG, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Robotic Research LLC, one of the world’s leading autonomous technology providers, announced today it has been awarded a U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration Accelerating Innovative Mobility grant in partnership with the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority to demonstrate an advanced driver assistance system that supports Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant precision docking for KCATA’s Prospect MAX Bus Rapid Transit line. “We are honored to partner with KCATA to deliver an innovative and cost-effective precision docking solution that can assist drivers in maintaining ADA-compliant gaps at all stops,” said Alberto Lacaze, president of Robotic Research. “We look forward to working with the KCATA team to provide a novel solution that improves the rider experience and makes driver tasks easier, safer and less complicated.” Through the project, Robotic Research will equip three heavy-duty buses with an ADAS that uses sensors to provide precision guidance to drivers, without requiring drive-by-wire or mechanical retrofits. The buses will operate in revenue service to allow for data collection on performance. The technology will assist operators in overcoming the challenges of consistently achieving and maintaining ADA-compliant gaps between platforms and both doors of the bus, helping improve accessibility, reduce dwell time and ensure a better transportation experience for all, including those with disabilities. This project is one of 25 projects announced today by the FTA that are receiving a share of $14 million in AIM grant funding to advance innovation within the U.S. public transit system. About Robotic Research Robotic Research, LLC, is a leading provider of autonomy and robotic technology driving the transformation of commercial and government autonomous operations through innovative and intelligent systems. Whether providing autonomous vehicles to the military to keep the warfighter safe; delivering unmanned, transformable robots to extend the reach of Special Forces units; or making commercial transportation safer and more efficient, Robotic Research is leading this dynamic revolution in technology. To learn more about Robotic Research, visit and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.