BEEP, Move over TIM is on your Six
What or who is TIM? He or it is the Tradition In Motion, Autonomous shuttle, which will be seen along Tradition Trail soon. Actually, two TIMs are expected to operate in Tradition. What will the next one be named? That would make a great contest!
TIM, built by BEEP, is a highly sophisticated platform that is driverless and has no steering wheel but will employ an attendant who is in contact with the Command Center in Orlando. A similar vehicle has been operating in Lake Nona Fl for about a year with great success I am told. BEEP has its corporate offices in Orlando. It’s most interesting reading at www.Go-Beep.com.
TIM is the first in South Florida thanks to Mattamy Homes and will travel between the Manderlie at Tradition subdivision and Tradition Town Square. TIM is designed to carry 15 passengers but because of Covid, ridership will be limited to six.
Now here is the best part—- each TIM costs about $300,000 and the operating costs approach $10,000 A MONTH!!! They say that TIM costs much less to operate than traditional transportation systems.
Who Is Mattamy Homes
In case you’re wondering about Mattamy Homes, they are reported to be the largest privately-owned builder in North America and will be building most of Tradition Trail which will consist of 7,100 homes and 1.2 million SF of commercial space. Mattamy was founded by Peter Gilgan in 1978 in Toronto and is Canada’s largest residential home builder and among the top 25 home builders in the US.
Of course, not everyone is convinced of the safety of driverless vehicles. They ask how will the vehicle react when an unexpected situation arises? What if a kid runs in the road chasing a ball. How will TIM handle it? Didn’t many people ask the same kind of questions when Henry Ford rolled out the Model T?