EasyMile and GoMentum Station yesterday announced an exclusive collaborative agreement to launch the first fleet of EZ10 Shared Driverless Vehicles (SDV) in Northern California for prototype testing and future commercialization.
EasyMile, a joint venture between Ligier Group, a vehicle manufacturer, and Robosoft, a high tech company specializing in services robotics, has successfully deployed SDV vehicles in Finland, France, Italy, Spain and Switzerland. This new partnership with GoMentum Station in Concord, California marks the first intended deployment of SDV vehicles in the United States. Designed to operate at low speeds and transport passengers for a short distance, EasyMile’s shuttles will begin running as a GoMentum Station pilot demonstration project in Bishop Ranch, a business park located in San Ramon, California. The demonstration project is expected to begin in summer 2016 with two SDV vehicles.
“The Contra Costa Transportation Authority and GoMentum Station look forward to partnering with EasyMile to test the next generation of transportation in Contra Costa County. This technology offers an innovative new approach to helping travellers get to transit stations, business districts, and other local amenities without the hassle of driving and parking, which could be a replicable solution for many urban and suburban communities in the United States,” said Randell Iwasaki, CCTA’s Executive Director.
“We are excited to work with our partners, EasyMile and GoMentum Station, in testing SDV shuttles at Bishop Ranch—the first time EasyMile shuttles will be piloted in the United States,” said Alex Mehran, CEO of Bishop Ranch. “Our organization is always striving to provide the businesses who choose to locate here with world class services, and this is one more exciting amenity we can offer our clients.”
“We are thrilled to launch our newest prototype of EasyMile’s SDV shuttles in the United States by leveraging GoMentum Station’s support of automated vehicle research and deployment and Bishop Ranch’s willingness to embrace the future,” said Gilbert Gagnaire, EasyMile President. “This new, exclusive partnership builds on our current success around the globe, adding to our growing portfolio of SDV shuttles operating in France, Spain, Finland, Switzerland, and the Netherlands.”