Concord, Calif. (October 8, 2019) – GoMentum Station today announced it will play a key role in shared autonomous vehicle (SAV) testing for the Contra Costa Transportation Authority’s (CCTA) four-year Automated Driving System (ADS) pilot program in collaboration with other partners. The program, which is part of a $7.5 million grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), will support three “real-world” demonstration projects, including shared autonomous transportation for a Walnut Creek senior community; autonomous vehicle shuttle service with a self-docking wheelchair apparatus for patients at County Hospital in Martinez; and the preparation of the Interstate 680 corridor for future connected autonomous vehicles.
Owned and operated by AAA Northern California, GoMentum Station is one of the nation’s largest secure testing facilities for connected and automated vehicle technology. As part of the ADS pilot program, GoMentum Station will facilitate SAV testing on its closed-course with the goal of ensuring vehicle safety before vehicles are deployed to provide service to the public. Throughout the testing, CCTA will share data with the USDOT.
“We are thrilled that GoMentum Station was chosen to lead the SAV testing for the CCTA’s new ADS program,” said Ignacio Garcia, Vice President of Autonomous Vehicles Strategy, AAA Northern California. “We hope the data gathered during our testing will help increase safety performance measures as we work our way towards public deployment of SAVs. We look forward to supporting CCTA’s efforts in making this technology accessible for all.”
“The ADS program is based on the actual needs and concerns of the community searching for solutions to mobility challenges,” said Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) Executive Director Randell Iwasaki. “We need to integrate advanced technologies, innovative solutions, new partnerships and creative ideas to support the next generation of mobility.”
CCTA’s ADS pilot program was designed in collaboration with AAA Northern California, County Connection, Advanced Mobility Group, and other public and private sector partnerships. It builds on the success of CCTA’s Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Program, which utilizes GoMentum Station as a test track, and has successfully advanced automation to improve vehicle safety and address challenges related to the safe integration of automated driving systems.
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About GoMentum Station
GoMentum Station is the largest connected and automated vehicle testing facilities in the United States, owned and operated by AAA Northern California. It supports next generation mobility technology development and helps advance traffic safety to bring unprecedented mobility options to the public. It offers a range of road features and testing services including: test plan development, equipment rental and a vehicle to everything (V2X) lab for testing connected technologies. Learn more at GoMentumStation.net.
About the Contra Costa Transportation Authority
The Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) is a public agency formed by Contra Costa voters in 1988 to manage the county’s transportation sales tax program and oversee countywide transportation planning efforts. With a staff of twenty people managing a multi-billion-dollar suite of projects and programs, CCTA is responsible for planning, funding and delivering critical transportation infrastructure projects and programs that connect our communities, foster a strong economy, increase sustainability, and safely and efficiently get people where they need to go. CCTA also serves as the county’s designated Congestion Management Agency, responsible for putting programs in place to keep traffic levels manageable. More information about CCTA is available at ccta.net.