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CONCORD, CA – March 8, 2018 – Today, Lyft and GoMentum Station announced a partnership to test Lyft’s self driving vehicle technology 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 selfdriving 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.
A bill signed into law on Thursday by California Governor Jerry Brown allows a self-driving vehicle with no operator inside to test on a public road, a key step enabling a private business park outside San Francisco to test driverless shuttles…
GoMentum Station announces a new partnership today between the with autonomous trucking company Uber Advanced Technology Group (Uber ATG) formerly known as Otto. This exclusive partnership with Otto marks the beginning of autonomous, commercial vehicle testing at GoMentum Station.
Less than three months after making their mission public, Uber ATG has put forth a rapid, to-market approach that presents a promising solution to the challenge of improving highway safety. Partnership with GoMentum Station, the largest secure test facility in the United States, will allow Uber ATG to rapidly ramp up the testing of hardware- and software-enabled trucks across varied terrain, as well as recreate real-life scenarios in a controlled environment.
“Freight transportation is crucial to the American and world economy,” said Randy Iwasaki, Executive Director of CCTA and former Chair of the US Department of Transportation’s National Freight Advisory Committee. Trucks carry the greatest share of the nation’s freight, moving more than 11 billion tons of freight across America’s highways in 2015 alone. “This new technology will not only make travelling safer for commercial drivers and the motorists they share the highway with, it will also increase efficiency in one of our key economic sectors,” added Iwasaki.
With more than five trucks now testing at sites throughout the region 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, Uber ATG will be able to use the testing grounds of GoMentum Station to rapidly test new updates and hardware components. The rapid testing will accelerate the time-to-market for Uber ATG as it works to bring on its first commercial partners. GoMentum Station is already a key hub of testing for personal automobiles and shared, autonomous shuttles. Otto is the first and exclusive partner testing autonomous commercial trucks.
“Long-haul transit is vital for nearly 70 percent of the things we buy, but it comes at a cost, and each year there are thousands of preventable deaths on American highways. At Otto, we believe it’s our responsibility to introduce safer, self-driving technology to the road,” said Lior Ron, Co-founder of Otto. The US Department of Transportation estimates that while commercial freight trucks account for only 5.6 percent of the vehicle miles on US highways, they are responsible for 9.5 percent of highway fatalities. Uber ATG work at GoMentum Station, with the help of CCTA, will speed the rate at which this potentially life-saving technology can be brought to market.