Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper proclaimed December 4 as “Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Day” to reinforce initiatives like connected vehicle partnership. The Governor was visiting Denver office of Panasonic.
Enabled by the autonomous vehicle legislation that State Representatives, Governor Hickenlooper, and other critical stakeholders recently spearheaded, Panasonic and EasyMile, in coordination with Colorado Department of Transportation, the City and County of Denver, and the Regional Transit District are planning the implementation of an autonomous vehicle technology deployment next to the Panasonic building in spring 2018.
The driverless shuttle program will connect RTD’s 61st and Pena Station light rail station to bus routes on Tower Road, to provide a seamless first- and last-mile solution. This implementation will be the first project of its kind in North America.
Panasonic and CDOT have committed to preparing the statewide deployment of an eco-system of connected cars and autonomous vehicles. This effort, which is already underway, is expected to significantly reduce crashes and injuries, improve traffic flow and increase capacity of the highway.
In addition to Panasonic’s connected vehicle technology demonstration, EasyMile highlighted its autonomous shuttle at the Peña Station NEXT development. This unique coordination between EasyMile, RTD, CDOT, City and County of Denver, and Panasonic is one of the first of its kind in the United States.