Chicago – November 5, 2020
Transdev partners with Fairfax County to launch Virginia’s first publicly funded CAV pilot project
Transdev is excited to announce the launch of passenger service on the first publicly funded Connected Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) pilot project in Virginia. Fairfax County has partnered with Transdev, Dominion Energy and Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (VDRPT) to launch an autonomous electric shuttle, called “Relay”, that will operate between a local Metrorail station (the Dunn Loring Metrorail Station) and the Mosaic District in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
This is the first publicly-funded autonomous electric shuttle transportation pilot and test of driverless technology in Virginia.
“This is such of positive example of the great innovation that can come from a strong public-private partnership,” said Neal Hemenover, Vice President of Innovation, Transdev U.S. “We are excited to provide our expertise to this project, along with the extensive AV experience we have working with the vehicle manufacturer EasyMile.”
Facts About Relay:
- State-of-the-art technology with cameras, sensors and GPS
- Transdev safety operator on board at all times
- 100% electric for zero emissions
- ADA accessible with wheelchair access ramp
“We look forward to introducing this autonomous vehicle and its technology to our new passengers in Fairfax County. It’s an ideal first/last mile transportation solution that is both safe and environmentally sustainable,” added Hemenover.
Relay launched service on October 22, 2020 with a ceremonial ribbon cutting and the boarding of some invited dignitaries, including Fairfax County Board of Superviosrs Chairman Jeffrey C. McKay and U.S. Congressman Gerald E. Connolly, and members of the general public. As part of Transdev’s strict Covid-19 safety protocols, the company ensures that only three people, plus the Transdev safety steward, are permitted on the vehicle at one time. More information about Relay can be found at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/transportation/autonomous-shuttle-pilot.