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Testing Autonomous Vehicles 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.

Read the full story at ABC News 

Testing Autonomous Shuttles in Northern California

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.

Read the full story at Roads & Bridges

Testing Autonomous Shuttles in Northern California

CCTA: Testing Begins for 1st Autonomous Shuttle on Public Roads in CA (East County Today)

SAN RAMON, CA – On Tuesday, the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) and GoMentum Station announced that permission was granted and testing of shared 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 pioneering 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, California 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.

Read the full story at East County Today

Testing Autonomous Shuttles in Northern California

California DMV permits driverless shuttle to test on public roads (Smart Cities Dive)

Operating the Easymile vehicle on public roads is actually the third phase of testing for this initiative, following two years of tests at AV proving grounds and in parking lots. The 585-acre Bishop Ranch site was reportedly the selected spot due to its reputation as a “dynamic center for modern business.”

Though officials have called this latest achievement a milestone for California, they’ve also made it clear the permission for this initiative is separate from the California DMV’s AV testing program that has been underway since 2014. AVs have actually been tested across the state for quite some time now, making California a leader in autonomous technology. Last week, the DMV even announced it will allow auto companies to test their self-driving vehicles on public roads without a human safety driver in the vehicle, following permitting processes in April.

Read the full story at Smart Cities Drive

Testing Autonomous Shuttles in Northern California

Testing of First Autonomous Shuttle on Public Roads in California Begins (The Registery)

SAN RAMON, CA – Today, the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) and GoMentum Station 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 pioneering 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, California 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.

Read the full story at The Registery

Shared autonomous vehicle testing

1st shared autonomous vehicle given permission to travel on public roads in California (ABC 7 KGO-TV)

SAN RAMON, Calif. (KGO) — No driver. No steering wheel. No brake pedal. No accelerator. No problem.

Two EasyMile shuttles received their license plates from the DMV allowing them to become the first shared autonomous vehicles to travel on public roads in California.

This morning, one of the shuttles made its first ride on to the public road within the Bishop Ranch business park in San Ramon.
The Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) is leading the pilot demonstration project.

Read the full story at ABC 7 KGO-TV

 

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California’s first driverless bus hits the road in San Ramon (ABC 7 KGO-TV)

SAN RAMON, Calif. (KGO) — History was made at a quiet street corner in San Ramon Tuesday as a little red bus pulled out onto a public road with nobody at the wheel.

“That stop sign demarks the difference between private property and a public road,” said Contra Costa Transportation Authority executive director Randy Iwasaki, seated in the front of the bus as it smoothly came to a stop.

The bus patiently waited for passing cars as it flashed its LED turn signal. Then, with the polite ding of a bell — a real, analog bell — it pulled out into traffic.

Read the full story at ABC 7 KGO-TV

Bishop Ranch Rolls Out First Autonomous Vehicles in California to Carry Passengers on Public Roads (KCBS AM740)

SAN RAMON (KPIX 5) — California officials have approved the first driverless automated shuttle for testing on public streets at Bishop Ranch Business Park in San Ramon.

While the Easy Mile EZ10 autonomous shuttles aren’t big or fast and still aren’t quite available for public use just yet, the vehicles have made a major breakthrough in becoming the first automated vehicles intended for public transportation to get a license for testing in California.

Read the full story at CBS KPIX 5

Preparing Artificial Intelligence to Safely Transport a Vehicle’s Passengers

CONCORD, Calif. — Machines today can do incredible things.

Computer algorithms are advanced enough to best world champions in chess or the multi-week champion on Jeopardy! If you ask that same chess-playing computer to a game of checkers, however, complications arise.

While said computer may excel at one task, using that same computing power to solve an equally or even less complex problem is the largest hurdle for artificial intelligence (AI) developers. During a discussion on how AI will effect mobilityAI  at GoMentum Station‘s Redefining Mobility Summit on March 30, a series of speakers took on this question head on.

Read more at Government Technology.