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February 5, 2019

EasyMile deploys Denver autonomous shuttle

EasyMile's electric, autonomous shuttle has been deployed in Denver and will operate for the next six months.

By Rhodri Morgan

EasyMile’s electric, autonomous shuttle has been deployed in Denver and will operate for the next six months.

The self-driving shuttle will connect passengers from the 61st and Peña commuter rail station to the Panasonic and EasyMile offices, as well as to the 61st and Peña Park-n-Ride via four stops.

Transdev will operate the EasyMile autonomous shuttle for the Denver RTD on a new route known as 61AV, serving people who park and live near the 61st and Peña commuter rail station free of charge. The project’s main goal is to assess the viability of autonomous services in providing first and last mile connections to and from transit.

The shuttle will run a predetermined route Monday through Friday from 10:00 to 18:00, making a complete loop every 15 minutes. Although it will not have a driver, an ambassador will be on the shuttle at all times to help answer questions. Transdev will provide the ambassador for the RTD service.

The EasyMile shuttle will be programmed to make designated stops along predetermined routes. It runs an average speed of 12-15 miles per hour and can carry up to 12 passengers.

The 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. Data collected on usage and operability will be shared between project partners to improve future deployments and bring autonomous services into wider usage.

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