Testing Of Northern Virginia’s 1st Self-Driving Shuttle Starts

The testing of the first electric autonomous shuttle to run on public streets in Northern Virginia is being carried on in the Mosaic District of Fairfax County. The Relay vehicle will carry a dozen passengers on a loop between the Dunn Loring Metro station to the popular shopping and living community in Merrifield, just outside the Capital Beltway.

The electric Relay autonomous shuttle will run a loop between the Dunn Loring Metro station and the Mosaic District

According to wtop.com, “Peggy Fox, spokeswoman for Dominion Energy, said Tuesday engineers are mapping and programming the electric vehicle. Testing will continue for about a week before passengers will be accepted on the driverless shuttle. In a video interview provided by the electric company, Ramsey said the Relay shuttle has several onboard braking systems that synchronize with each other.”

As per wtop.com, “Fairfax County, Dominion Energy, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and real estate developer EDENS coordinated to facilitate the first shuttle program to travel on public roadways in Northern Virginia. In 2019, an autonomous public shuttle ran in a pilot program in suburban Albemarle County, in the town of Crozet. The shuttle utilizes some technology already being used in vehicles, said Dominion Energy Innovation Team Leader Julie Manzari.”

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Maryam N. is a Senior Writer at Nesbitt Realty. She is an expert on Fairfax County. Maryam has also worked previously as a geologist. She is a foodie and enjoys cooking and exploring new restaurants.