First Transit partners Californian authority for autonomous vehicle pilot

First Transit is partnering with the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) to pilot the first operation of a shared autonomous vehicle (SAV) on a public road by a transit agency in the state of California.

The SAV pilot will connect passengers from the Dublin / Pleasanton Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station in Dublin, California, to nearby shopping and entertainment.

The testing phase for this pilot is expected to take two years without passengers.

The SAV is designed to travel short distances using pre-programmed routes, and is equipped with a sensor and intelligent vehicle system to detect obstacles and avoid collisions. Each SAV can carry 12 passengers and can operate for 14 hours on one battery charge.

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