In 2015, CCTA and our key partners launched GoMentum Station, a new test bed site for cutting-edge automated and connected vehicle technology at the Concord Naval Weapons Station in Contra Costa. This 5,000-acre test facility features 20 miles of paved roadway and is the largest secure testing facility in the United States. At GoMentum Station, CCTA is helping to incubate a new generation of technology that has the potential to revolutionize transportation infrastructure and bring smart jobs to Contra Costa.
Rather than exclusively trying to "build our way" out of congestion, GoMentum Station's vision centers around the use of emerging technologies and public-private partnerships to meet transportation demands and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Contra Costa County. Our vision is centered on:
GoMentum Station and its partners are working to create a stronger economic future for Contra Costa County by building partnerships that make transportation safer, more reliable and increasingly efficient. With the support of local jurisdictions and transit agencies, all of our partners have the opportunity to test new transportation technologies designed to increase safety and reliability. GoMentum Station's current partners include:
GoMentum Station contains 20-miles of paved, city-like roadway grids, buildings, and other urban infrastructure. Honda researchers are using the facility to test automated driving technologies using modified versions of Acura's flagship RLX sedan. New prototype sensors and cameras added to the vehicle will work hand-in hand with the extensive array of forward, reverse, and corner sensors that enable a suite of AcuraWatch safety and driver assistive technologies on the production RLX. Check out this cool video to see Honda's self-driving cards in action.
In March 2015, CCTA unveiled GoMentum Station at the first annual Redefining Mobility Summit, a day-long conference that drew more than 350 industry leaders to Concord. Summit speakers included California Transportation Commission (CTC) Commissioner James Madaffer, U.S. Director of the Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Point Program Office Kenneth Leonard, as well as other industry leaders including ITS America Interim President and CEO Thomas Kern, Telecommunications Industry Association CEO Scott Belcher, Global Automakers President and CEO John Bozzella, and Director of Engineering and Technical Services for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials King Gee.
2015 saw a number of exciting new partnerships for GoMentum Station, including a new collaborative agreement with EasyMile to launch the first fleet of EZ10 Shared Driverless Vehicles (SDV) at Bishop Ranch. As we look ahead, GoMentum Station will continue these innovative collaborations, ensuring our partners have on-the-ground access to test cutting-edge technology designed to increase safety and reliability across the transportation system.