CONTRIBUTED BY RTD
After a six-month pilot program that began in late January, RTD will conclude service on the route 61AV Aug. 2. The autonomous vehicle (AV) route is testing the viability of using an AV in a transit environment to offer first- and last-mile connections. Customers may still experience the service next week, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., to ride the fully electric self-driving shuttle.
The pilot was made possible through collaboration between RTD, City and County of Denver, EasyMile (the autonomous vehicle supplier), Panasonic, Transdev and L.C. Fulenwider, Inc. In addition to testing this groundbreaking and innovative technology in a transit environment, this pilot demonstration has given the partners the ability to learn how such vehicles can be used in a variety of community settings.
“The 61AV pilot program is just one of many endeavors RTD is participating in as we look to expanding opportunities for public transportation,” said RTD CEO and General Manager Dave Genova. “This demonstration has allowed us to assess how we can possibly implement the technology to meet future mobility needs of the people and communities we serve.”
RTD staff will present the results of the pilot program to the RTD Board of Directors with the intent of exploring other opportunities to test self-driving shuttles as an option for moving RTD passengers.
Results of the program test will be available this fall.
More information about the Route 61AV project is at http://www.rtd-denver.com/61AV.shtml.