Denver RTD wraps up 61AV autonomous pilot


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The Regional Transportation District (RTD) of Denver concluded service Aug. 2 on a six-month pilot program testing the viability of a self-driving shuttle that linked passengers from the 61st and Peña commuter rail station to the Panasonic and EasyMile workplaces.

“The 61AV pilot program is only one of many endeavors RTD is collaborating in as we glance to increasing alternatives for public transportation,” mentioned RTD CEO and Common Supervisor Dave Genova. “This demonstration has allowed us to evaluate how we are able to presumably implement the know-how to fulfill future mobility wants of the individuals and communities we serve.”

The 61AV aimed to judge the usage of an autonomous automobile to supply first- and last-mile connections. RTD collaborated with the town and county of Denver, EasyMile, which equipped the automobile, Panasonic, Transdev and L.C. Fulenwider, Inc. RTD defined that along with testing AV know-how in a transit surroundings, the pilot program supplied the companions with the flexibility to learn the way such automobiles can be utilized in a wide range of neighborhood settings.

RTD workers will current the outcomes of the pilot program to the RTD Board of Administrators with the intent of exploring different alternatives to check self-driving shuttles as an choice for shifting RTD passengers.

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