Urban SDK to Provide Data Integration, Management for Jacksonville Transportation Authority's Autonomous Shuttle Project

Jonathan Bass
November 16, 2023

Urban SDK will integrate, provide analysis, and manage data for the nation's largest-ever autonomous shuttle project

JACKSONVILLE, FL, July 14,  -- The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) selected the Balfour Beatty Vision 2 Reality (V2R) Team and data management provider Urban SDK, the global leader in mobility analytics and data visualization, to deliver Phase I of the Ultimate Urban Circulator (U2C) project, the Bay Street Innovation Corridor in downtown Jacksonville.

“The Ultimate Urban Circulator (U2C) will transform mobility in Downtown Jacksonville through the use of electric autonomous shuttles and the latest smart city technologies,” said JTA CEO Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. “We are proud to have Urban SDK, a Jacksonville company, on board the V2R team to securely and intelligently solve the complex data and analytical work of the U2C.”

“It’s always special to be part of a ground-breaking project,” said Urban SDK Co-founder and COO, Justin Dennis. “And as a Jacksonville-based company with such deep roots in the community, for the nation’s biggest AV [autonomous vehicle] project to happen in our backyard makes it that much more meaningful.”

The Bay Street Innovation Corridor is an autonomous vehicle transportation solution that will run roughly three miles through the city’s downtown. The project is supported by a $12.5 million BUILD grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, and funding from the Florida DOT, North Florida TPO, and local funds. Future phases of the U2C program will include a full conversion of JTA’s Skyway APM and the extension of autonomous transportation solutions from downtown into nearby neighborhoods.

“We are proud to have Urban SDK, a Jacksonville company, on board the V2R team to securely and intelligently solve the complex data and analytical work of the U2C.” - JTA CEO Nathaniel P. Ford Sr.

Along with Urban SDK, The Balfour Beatty V2R team comprises the AV contractor Beep, Miller Electric Company, Stantec Consulting Services, Superior Construction Southeast, and WGI Inc.

As part of the project, Urban SDK will develop an AV data lake to integrate vehicle supervisory, corridor assets, and transit operators’ daily business activities. It will also configure performance measures; integrate devices, systems, and vehicle datasets; and manage big data in the cloud for regional access.

“Autonomous vehicles and V2X devices require a new generation of data management, and we’re excited to showcase a platform that will transform the future of connected public transit,” said Dennis. “The U2C will be a standard bearer nationally for how organizations can use data and new technologies to provide better, safer, more equitable services to citizens.”

For more information about the JTA's U2C program, visit or email The Urban SDK team can be reached here.

About the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA)

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) is a state agency of Florida and an independent district serving Jacksonville, Florida and Northeast Florida with multi-modal responsibilities. The JTA provides varied mass public transit services, and is a builder of roads, bridges and other infrastructure to enhance mobility in Jacksonville. Public transportation services include BRT and regular bus service, paratransit, the St. Johns River Ferry, Skyway APM, and other mobility and on-demand services in Duval, Clay, Baker, Nassau and St. Johns counties. To learn more, visit

About Urban SDK

A global leader in mobility analytics and data visualization, Urban SDK is the only enterprise data analytics platform that equips professionals with the urban planning data needed to make efficient, data-driven planning decisions. We provide organizations with clean data pipelines, automated performance reporting, and an on-demand repository of data that can be accessed and visualized in our GIS mapping Studio. Urban SDK customers trust in and use our platform to build safer, more efficient, equitable, and sustainable infrastructure.

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