"Businessman building innovative lodge for downtown's bachelor(ette)s, conventioneers wants to use autonomous vehicles to shuttle guests... ...Because Cleveland's lot is so small, parking will be non-existent. Cleveland hopes guests will use Uber and Lyft, take taxis, loaner bikes, or walk. The $25 million Division Street enhancements going on right now will extend to the property and improve walking and biking safety around the future hotel.
Some guests will inevitably have a car though, so Cleveland has come up with an innovative idea. Guests can park at a lot down the street and a driverless car will follow them and bring them back to the hotel. “People will fly into Nashville just to experience this,” Cleveland says. Eventually, a second driverless car may be deployed to shuttle guests to popular tourist destinations.
There is only one problem with the plan. Driverless cars aren’t legal on Tennessee roads. That doesn’t deter Cleveland. This hotel developer is a proven business leader who founded Swiftwick athletic socks, is CEO of Hobby Express, a manufacturer of radio-controlled airplanes, spent 17 years in the transportation business and has held management positions at nine other companies. He knew what to do..." - Segment from Nashville Banner article.
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Original Article by Nashville Banner's, Amy Eskind
Our Chief Inspiration Officer and owner of the Stanza Nashville property, Mark A. Cleveland is developing a technology demonstration platform — in the form of a hotel — a clean, inspirational and ultra modern atmosphere that appeals to anyone with a smart phone and a budget.
This is about creating an astounding, fully automated hospitality experience in a brand new facility near the heart of Nashville. Our building will greet you, the elevator knows your story and your room is ready. We know that hospitality and service is about getting exactly what you want, for a great value.
Stanza Nashville intends to deliver the richest experience at the lowest cost for a hotel stay within blocks of the Music City Convention Center and Broadway. To be a low cost provider, you have to eliminate unnecessary costs, like cars and parking garages. In fact, our approach to transportation is part of our competitive advantage. Bachelorette parties and other groups do not need or want rental cars in a Smart City like Nashville.
This is the first major hotel development to take advantage of Nashville’s urban development policy to allow buildings with no parking required. Yes, we save millions by skipping the excess land and cost of a parking garage. Just take Uber or Lyft wherever you want to go. If you must bring a car, we planned to offer an autonomous valet vehicle. The technology exists right now to use automated vehicles to transport guests to and from affordable off site parking, but our virtual valet requires the state of Tennessee create the structure for such a pilot program. So, we plan to make it happen by working working with Tennessee legislators (and Governor Haslam's administration) to put driverless cars in service. Stanza Nashville, a smart hotel in a smart city leading the way to a transportation and hospitality revolution.