December 2, 2019 — Chicago
Transdev selected to operate LATVA’s shared autonomous vehicle contract
Transdev is proud to announce that it was awarded the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority’s (LAVTA) Project Management and Operations Contract for a Shared Autonomous Vehicle (SAV) pilot. LAVTA is located in Livermore, California in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The Autonomous Vehicle shuttle pilot is the cornerstone of LAVTA’s mobility lab in nearby Dublin, California. The pilot deployment will provide first- and last-mile solutions in a geo-fenced area improving mobility for riders living or working outside walking distance of Bay Area Rapid Transit and LAVTA Bus Lines. Transdev will partner with LAVTA and will oversee and manage the AV shuttle pilot for the testing phase, and once successful, for the first phase of actual operations.
Transdev was successful in gaining this new, groundbreaking project in the San Francisco Bay Area based on the experience and expertise the company brings to the contract, including its track record with other sucesssful AV pilots:
- Denver, CO – Shared AV shuttle connecting first/last mile to rail. This project recently completed its successful pilot phase in August 2019.
- Babcock Ranch, FL – Shared AV shuttle transporting passengers in a private community; in operation for 2 years.
- Rouen RNAL (France) – Rouen Normandy Autonomous Lab. In operation for 3 years; provides transportation from a key transit hub to a major tech and business cluster, on three circuits of 6.5 miles each.
- Paris-Saclay (France) – a shared AV shuttle providing off-peak and night time transportation in the Paris-Saclay Area using a dedicated BRT lane.
As part of the contract, Transdev will continue to work with EasyMile, with whom the company has an established, strong relationship. EasyMile is the manufacturer of LAVTA’s current Shared Autonomous Vehicle, making this a seamless transition for Transdev.
“Our experience with AVs and specifically with EasyMile, in training our own employees to provide the technical mapping of the vehicle path, as well as in the operation of the vehicles, makes us the ideal fit for this project,” said Neal Hemenover, Transdev’s Vice President of Innovation. “We are excited to work with LAVTA and to continue our partnership with EasyMile to bring this area’s vision for autonomous vehicles to life,” concluded Hemenover.