AAA NorCal is putting its money behind a driverless future

The GoMentum Station (GoMentum) has been acquired by AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah (AAA NCNU) in August of 2018. The Chief Innovation Officer for the auto club, Suna Taymaz, shares that the deal expands on AAA NCNU’s previous partnership with GoMentum Station and is the cornerstone of AAA NCNU’s efforts to create a collaborative space dedicated to the safe implementation of self-driving cars.

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ELIX Wireless and GoMentum Station Partner to Test New Method of Charging Electric Vehicles

CONCORD, California – GoMentum Station and ELIX Wireless Charging Systems announce a partnership today that will facilitate the testing of ELIX’s patented Magneto-Dynamic Coupling (MDC) wireless power system, enabling electric autonomous vehicles to charge themselves without human intervention. ELIX will become the official wireless charging supplier to GoMentum Station, beginning with the installation of an ELIX Wireless Charging unit at GoMentum Station’s 5,000 acre test facility for active use by testing partners.

ELIX Wireless has developed a low-frequency wireless transfer technology that can safely send power with low electromagnetic interference to efficiently and autonomously charge electric vehicles without the need to plug in. The ELIX system is conveniently designed so that chargers can be placed in various locations without a significant impact to existing infrastructure, such as in a parking curb or wheel stop. ELIX systems are designed with autonomous and shared mobility in mind. As electric vehicles approach chargers, the ELIX system will automatically detect nearby charging stations and charging will begin as soon as the vehicle’s receiver is within range. In addition to the convenience of cordless charging, the ELIX charging system offers enhanced safety to electric vehicles by eliminating power cables, wires, and high-frequency electromagnetic radiation that could affect computers and vehicle sensors.

Video footage of ELIX charging stations in use can be viewed here.

ELIX Wireless will be able to test its wireless charging technology with leading autonomous and mobility companies who are currently partnered with GoMentum Station – which is a multimodal hub for autonomous vehicle testing including trucks, personal automobiles, and shared autonomous shuttles. ELIX will be the first GoMentum Station partner to focus exclusively on charging those vehicles.

“Wireless charging is the next logical step in the development of electric, autonomous vehicles,” explains Randy Iwasaki, Executive Director of the Contra Costa Transportation Authority. “ELIX technology allows for convenient charging without human intervention, which will maximize potential for autonomous and electric fleets throughout our transportation network. What we learn through this partnership will help guide future development of the transportation infrastructure within our communities.”

“Access to GoMentum Station will allow ELIX a unique opportunity to demonstrate our wireless technology in action,” said Rosalie Hou, CEO of ELIX Wireless. “The average shared vehicle is used for 30-60 percent of the day, but that use is split up into peak times throughout a 24-hour period. When charging is automatic during times when the vehicle is normally idle, the vehicle will be ready to go when it’s needed with no long service gaps to charge. For car share and fleet vehicles, this means that drivers do not need to worry if they forget to plug in and the vehicles will always be ready to use. We are very excited to be partnering with GoMentum Station to move this innovative project forward.”

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Lyft Furthers Its Development of Self-Driving Vehicle Technology With GoMentum Station Partnership

CONCORD, CA – March 8, 2018 – Today, Lyft and GoMentum Station announced a partnership to test Lyft’s self-driving
vehicles at GoMentum Station’s 5,000 acre autonomous vehicle proving grounds located in Concord, California. Managed by the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA), GoMentum Station provides Lyft with a convenient and secure test facility to rapidly iterate on the development of its self-driving systems.

Last year, Lyft announced that it was building an open self-driving system at the Level 5 Engineering Center, based in Palo Alto, California, working closely with automotive and technology partners. Level 5 is the heart of Lyft’s self-driving division, bringing together a world-class team of hardware and software developers. Through this partnership, Lyft’s vehicles from Level 5 will be tested in Concord at GoMentum Station and help accelerate the introduction of Lyft’s self-driving vehicles to the public.

“At Lyft, we believe in a future where self-driving cars make transportation safer and more accessible to everyone,” said Luc Vincent, VP of Engineering at Lyft. “By partnering with GoMentum Station, we’re able to test our self-driving systems in a secure facility and advance our technology in an efficient way.”

GoMentum Station is rapidly becoming the Bay Area’s premier facility for putting the next generation of transportation technology through its paces. The cutting edge research and collaborative efforts between the public and private sectors are spurring innovation that will improve mobility and the quality of life in Contra Costa County and worldwide.

“We are incredibly proud to be partnering with Lyft – a company who is known for building relationships with the public sector and fostering innovative solutions – because we know their presence at GoMentum Station will help facilitate more mobility options not only for Contra Costa’s residents, but for the entire Bay Area region in the future,” stated Randy Iwasaki, Executive Director of CCTA.

“We are excited to see Lyft, one of the largest innovative transportation companies, join in using Concord’s GoMentum Station – at the forefront of technological advances,” said Edi Birsan, mayor of Concord.

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Lyft will put its self-driving cars to the test at a massive ex-military base in California (The Verge)

Lyft announced today that it would soon begin testing its autonomous vehicles at GoMentum Station, a 5,000-acre proving ground in Concord, California. The vehicles it plans to test are being designed and developed by Lyft’s own in-house engineering team. It’s a major shift for the ride-hailing company that has typically relied on partners with more advanced technology.

Lyft didn’t provide an update on the progress of its self-driving cars, aside from two photos that tell us little about the type of technology the company is relying on to power its vehicles. Even though it’s the second largest ride-hail provider in the US, it still lags significantly behind its rival Uber, which has deployed self-driving vehicles on public roads in multiple cities.

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Lyft rolls its self-driving cars onto new testing track (CNET)

Lyft is doubling down on its self-driving car program.

The ride-hailing company announced Thursday that it’s partnered with GoMentum Station, which is a largest secure testing facility for autonomous vehicles in the country. Lyft said the partnership means it can speed up its timeline to bring its cars to the public.

“At Lyft, we believe in a future where self-driving cars make transportation safer and more accessible to everyone,” Luc Vincent, Lyft’s vice president of engineering, said in a statement. “By partnering with GoMentum Station, we’re able to test our self-driving systems in a secure facility and advance our technology in an efficient way.”

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Lyft begins testing its own self-driving cars on a private 5,000-acre campus (Fast Company)

Lyft said today it is taking its self-driving cars to GoMentum Station in Contra Costa County, California. The 5,000-acre campus is a proving ground for transit technology used by car-and-part manufacturers, among others. The deal with GoMentum will give Lyft an opportunity to test its technology on private roads.

The ride-hail company first laid bare its ambitions to build self-driving car kits in July of last year. Lyft has since opened an office in Palo Alto called Level 5, specifically for developing self-driving software and hardware. The company has made significant hires to this effect, including Luc Vincent, former lead of Google Map’s Street View.

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Lyft tests self-driving cars in massive new training facility (Mashable)

It’s not just Uber and Waymo racing to put self-driving cars on the road. Ride-hailing app Lyft has been building its self-driving car program, and on Thursday, its fleet got a training boost.

Using test cars built at its own autonomous car development center, Lyft is running its cars through the ultimate challenge at a Bay Area test facility.

Lyft will test its self-driving vehicles at GoMentum Station’s 5,000-acre training ground in Concord, California — about a 30-mile drive east of San Francisco.

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Autonomous vehicles now being tested on San Ramon streets (Danvillle-SanRamon)

Officials and members of the media gathered at San Ramon Bishop Ranch Tuesday morning for a historical moment — the state’s first testing of shared autonomous vehicles on public streets.

The implementation of the EasyMile shuttles is part of Contra Costa County’s larger vision of future transportation, in particular solving the “first and last mile” problem of connecting residents to the Bart station.

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California’s 1st driverless bus debuts in San Ramon (ABC News)

The first driverless bus approved for use on public roads in California debuted on Tuesday, as local leaders lauded the potential of such vehicles to improve public-transit outcomes in and around the city of San Ramon.

“It’s a momentous day for San Ramon and for Bishop Ranch,” Mayor Bill Clarkson told ABC station KGO-TV in San Francisco.

Bishop Ranch, a 585-acre office park where approximately 30,000 work, proved fertile testing grounds for the shuttle, and commuters to the area may be among the first to benefit from further deployments. Contra Costa County may be using as many as 100 of the buses by 2020.

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Calif. tests first fully autonomous shuttle on state roads (Roads & Bridges)

The Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) and GoMentum Station have announced that permission was granted and testing of autonomous vehicles on public roads will begin at Bishop Ranch, the largest mixed-use business community in Northern California, located in the city of San Ramon. This is the first time the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has allowed a shared autonomous vehicle to travel on public roads in the state.

CCTA is leading a pilot demonstration project testing electric, low-speed, multi-passenger autonomous vehicles manufactured by Easymile, that are not equipped with a steering wheel, brake pedal, or accelerator. The California State Legislature passed legislation in 2016, Assembly Bill 1592, to allow for the pilot program. After successful testing at the GoMentum Station autonomous vehicle proving grounds in Concord, and in parking lots at Bishop Ranch, CCTA is advancing to the third phase of testing. CCTA received permission from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in October 2017 and permission from the California DMV in January 2018, to operate the EasyMile shuttle on public streets within the business park.

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