San Ramon: Driverless shuttles make their debut

SAN RAMON — Shuttle buses that make steering wheels, accelerators, brake pads — and even human drivers — obsolete made their debut Monday at an East Bay business park.

The futuristic cubes — a variation on driverless cars that are the first of their kind in the U.S. — get around using 21st century technology, including lasers on all four corners, GPS navigation and sensors that detect obstacles.

Read the full article and see the video at East Bay Times.

Researchers Test Driverless Buses in San Ramon

Driverless Shuttles Arrive in San Ramon

A pair of driverless shuttles are humming around a business complex in San Ramon, and they could become the first fully autonomous vehicles on public roads in California.

Testing began Monday at Bishop Ranch, a sprawling 585-acre office park. In a few months, employees will be able to ride the shuttles from parking lots and transit stops to their offices…

Read the full article and see the video at KQED.

San Ramon office park testing 2 self-driving shuttles

Monday was the first day Bishop Ranch tested the self-driving shuttles on its 585-acre campus, home to some 30,000 workers. For now, those workers won’t get to ride the shuttles, which will initially operate in an empty parking lot with a few employees of Sunset Development Co., the park’s owner, as passengers. But if all goes well — and state regulators give an OK — within months, the self-driving shuttles will be ferrying workers from the far reaches of the parking lots to the front doors of their offices.

Read the full story at SFGATE.com

Government Technology: U.S. DOT Names 10 Proving Ground Sites for Testing Autonomous Vehicles

The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced ten automated vehicle proving ground test sites that will form a Community of Practice with the goal of advancing autonomous and connected vehicle technology.

 

The proving ground designees were announced Jan. 19 and include:

  • Pittsburgh and the Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute
  • Texas AV Proving Grounds Partnership
  • U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center
  • American Center for Mobility at Willow Run
  • Contra Costa Transportation Authority and GoMentum Station
  • San Diego Association of Governments
  • Iowa City Area Development Group
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Central Florida Automated Vehicle Partners
  • North Carolina Turnpike Authority

Randy Iwasaki, executive director of the Contra Costa County Transportation Authority, which operates GoMentum Station in Concord, Calif., said he was “honored to be selected as one of the ten locations in the United States. This is the only technology on the planet that can help reduce traffic fatalities to zero.”

Read the entire article at Government Technology.

ITS Australia and GoMentum Station enter Memorandum of Understanding

ITS Australia and the Contra Costa Transportation Authority and GoMentum Station have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding, with the goal of sharing and supporting each other’s endeavors to develop and deploy technologies which promote safer, more efficient and environmentally sustainable transportation.

“Through an open exchange of our findings, we hope to not only speed the process of making these new transportation technologies widely available, we hope to raise the profile of autonomous and connected vehicle technology around the globe,” ITS Australia CEO Susan Harris said.

“Though Melbourne and the San Francisco Bay Area may be half-way around the world from one another, GoMentum Station and ITS Australia stand side-by-side in our efforts to facilitate the development of transportation technology that will save lives and transform the way we move through our world,” said Contra Costa Transportation Authority Executive Director Randell Iwasaki.

See the full release from ITS Australia here.

 

New York Times: For Driverless Cars, Citylike Test Sites Offer the Unpredictable

In California, a former military base has been turned into a 2,100 acre test site called GoMentum Station, where Honda has been testing its autonomous driving technology. It has about 20 miles of paved roads and a cluster of barracks and buildings that provide an urban environment. It is also a secure location where companies can test cars in private…

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“For Driverless Cars, Citylike Test Sites Offer the Unpredictable.” NYTimes.com. New York Times, 04 June 2016. Web. <http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/06/business/for-driverless-cars-citylike-test-sites-offer-the-unpredictable.html?_r=0>.

San Jose Mercury News: In East Bay, Honda tests the automotive future

CONCORD — In a small corner of Contra Costa County, amid decaying remnants of a bygone military era, Honda automakers are envisioning the future of automated transportation.

Within four years, Honda plans to have vehicles entering and exiting freeways and changing lanes without a driver ever having to press on the gas, hit the brakes or steer. Within the next 20 years, those cars will become connected not only to each other, but also to infrastructure. And by 2050, cars will cease to be singular vessels operating independently, said Jim Keller, Honda’s chief research and development engineer…

Click here to read the entire story about Honda’s autonomous vehicle demonstration at GoMentum Station from the San Jose Mercury News.

California Cities: Plan for Futuristic Transportation One Step at a Time

Even as the world of transportation technology rushes forward, two of the Golden State’s largest cities are preaching evolution rather than revolution.

Read the entire story from FutureStructure here.

Engadget reports on Honda AV demo at GoMentum Station

On the edge of the San Francisco suburb of Concord sits a ghost town. Dilapidated buildings and cracked roads are framed by overgrowth and slightly askew street signs. The decommissioned 5-acre portion of the Concord Naval Weapons Station that once housed military personnel and their families is now home to squirrels, jack rabbits, wild turkeys and Honda’s mysterious testing lab for autonomous vehicles…

Click here for the entire story on www.engadget.com.