EasyMile is deploying its battery powered driverless shuttle EZ10 in both Denver and the State of Colorado as an integrated part of the RTD transit system.
The autonomous shuttle that uses mix of sensors like 2D LiDar, 3D Lidar, Cameras , GPS and efficient localization and navigation system to operate, will connect passengers from the 61st and Peña commuter rail station to the Panasonic and EasyMile offices and to the 61st and Peña Park-n-Ride lot via four stops.
Transdev will operate the EasyMile autonomous shuttle for the Denver RTD in a new route called 61AV, serving people who park and live near the 61st and Peña commuter rail station free of charge.
Although the shuttle will not have a driver, an ambassador will be on the shuttle at all times to help answer questions and ensure safety for the passengers and operations. Transdev, will also provide the ambassador for the RTD service.
The EasyMile shuttle will be programmed to make designated stops along predetermined routes. It will run an average speed of 12-15 miles per hour and will carry up to 12 passengers.
This autonomous vehicle demonstration project is approved by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the newly formed Colorado Autonomous Vehicle Task Force for six months of operations.
The project’s main goal is to assess the viability of autonomous services in providing first and last mile connections to and from transit. Data collected on usage and operability will be shared between project partners to improve future deployments and bring autonomous services into wider usage.
Source: Press Release