[This IPRO topic has been combined into IPRO 497-516 with the same sponsor, instructors, day/time and location.]
This project will explore the potential of an autonomous shuttle or people mover system to serve a variety of locations and venues and a variety of residents and visitors within the Burnham Lakefront site plan that is being developed at the former Michael Reese site south of McCormick Place. The shuttles will be entirely autonomous and the goal is to eliminate as many roadways as possible and to create as many pedestrian walkways and bikeways as possible. Subterranean systems are within the scope of possibility. Viable concepts may have stations located at certain high-traffic areas on the site or the system may enable passengers to input a specific location that instructs the shuttle. There are a range of issues related to technical feasibility, user desirability and business viability that will be explored. This IPRO project continues the work of a fall 2018 IPRO team.