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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

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.

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.