Fairfax County, Virginia – Autonomous Electric Shuttle Pilot Project
Relay is a driverless electric shuttle between the Mosaic District and Dunn Loring Metro opened for passenger service Thursday. The pilot program is being tested as a public-private partnership between Fairfax County, Dominion Energy, Mosaic District developer EDENS, Virginia Departments of Transportation and Rail and Public Transportation, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, and George Mason University.
Relay is a fully autonomous vehicle with software programmed to follow a prerecorded route. Although it features cameras, sensors and GPS to navigate, the shuttle has a safety steward on board at all times.
Free rides are available every 15 to 20 minutes Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The shuttle operates at up to 10 mph, and the trip between the Mosaic District and Dunn Loring Metro takes about 15 minutes. The stops are outside the Barnes & Noble store at the Mosaic District and Bus Bay A at the Dunn Loring Metro.
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