Autonomous Vehicle Testing to Take Place in Dublin
The City of Dublin has been coordinating with Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) on innovative technologies to improve transit access, enhance transit ridership experiences, and improve transit trip reliability. The advances in driverless or autonomous vehicle technologies presented an opportunity to achieve the goal of finding an innovative and cost-effective way to improve first mile/last mile connections to transit stations. In addition, the California Legislature enacted AB 1444, which provided LAVTA the ability for testing of Shared Autonomous Vehicles (SAV) on City of Dublin public streets. The California Department of Motor Vehicles also adopted new regulations on February 28, 2018, for the testing of driverless autonomous vehicles on public streets.
Leveraging the new technologies, the City of Dublin is continuing to collaborate with LAVTA to begin testing of a Shared Autonomous Vehicle (SAV) on public streets near the East Dublin/Pleasanton BART station. This is the first pilot project of its kind in California and the first driverless shuttle to be tested on public roads. The ultimate goal of the Project is to provide a reliable on-demand SAV service to BART stations and beyond for the residents of the City of Dublin.
The City of Dublin received grant funding in the amount of $385,000 from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) through the Innovative Deployments to Enhance Arterials (IDEA) program to support the Project. LAVTA was also successful in receiving a grant in the amount of $966,000 from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District for the Project.