Driverless Shuttle Starts Passenger Service At Mosaic District

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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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Will is the principal broker of Nesbitt Realty and Condo Alexandria. He is licensed in anywhere in the Commonwealth of Virginia, but focuses on those communities found in and around Alexandria, Arlington, Mount Vernon and Springfield/Franconia. Will has been involved in real estate management, sales and investment for more than twenty years. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army. While in the army, he studied Russian at Monterey's Defense Language Institute. He is also a "veteran of the dotcom wars" and built most of the sites associated with Will currently resides in Belle Haven Estates just outside Old Town, overlooking New Alexandria. He is a former president of the Mount Vernon Youth Athletic Association and founded the Alexandria Fun with Friends Group. Will is the author of BattlestorM, a tabletop fantasy game, which was published by Ral Partha Publishing in the late '90's, and Arthur's Realm, a boardgame available at the Gamecrafter.