After a six-month pilot program that began in late January, RTD concludes service on the route 61AV on August 2. The autonomous vehicle (AV) route tested the viability of using an AV in a transit environment to offer first- and last-mile connections. Customers may still experience the service next week, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., to ride the fully electric self-driving shuttle.
The pilot was made possible through collaboration between RTD, City and County of Denver, EasyMile (the autonomous vehicle supplier), Panasonic, Transdev and L.C. Fulenwider, Inc. In addition to testing this groundbreaking and innovative technology in a transit environment, this pilot demonstration has given the partners the ability to learn how such vehicles can be used in a variety of community settings.
RTD staff will present the results of the pilot program to the RTD Board of Directors with the intent of exploring other opportunities to test self-driving shuttles as an option for moving RTD passengers.