Perrone Robotics, in partnership with Albemarle County and JAUNT, recently announced that the pilot phase of Virginia’s first public autonomous shuttle service commenced operation in Crozet, Virginia.
Perrone Robotics develops a general purpose software platform for robotics and autonomous vehicles called “MAX®”. The company is focused today on delivering its TONY product, built on MAX, to commercially deploy practical autonomous shuttling of people and things. JAUNT is a regional public transportation system providing service to the citizens of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Louisa, Nelson, Buckingham, and Amherst Counties, as well as Charlottesville.
The shuttle service called AVNU (Autonomous Vehicle, Neighborhood Use), is driven by Perrone Robotics’ TONY (TO Navigate You) autonomous shuttle technology applied to a Polaris GEM. This Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) shuttle has industry-leading perception and guidance capabilities and will drive fully autonomously (with safety driver) through County neighborhoods and downtown areas on public roads, navigating vehicle and pedestrian traffic. The base GEM vehicle meets federal safety standards for vehicles in its class.
The TONY-based AVNU shuttle will offer riders trips within local residential developments, trips to connect neighborhoods, and connections from these areas to the downtown business district. After the pilot phase, additional routes will be established to demonstrate Albemarle County development initiatives such as connector services for satellite parking, and connections with JAUNT’s commuter shuttles, also targeted for autonomous operation with TONY technology.
AVNU is electrically powered, so the shuttle is quiet and non-polluting and uses solar panels to significantly extend system range. AVNU has been extensively tested by Perrone Robotics and testing data has been evaluated by Albemarle County and JAUNT prior to launch.
Source: Press Release