Automated Driving Systems

Overview

The Automated Driving Systems (ADS) project is one of six projects that make up the Contra Costa Transportation Authority’s (CCTA’s) INNOVATE 680 program that will address corridorwide congestion, travel delays, and operational challenges.

To advance several components of automated driving systems, CCTA was awarded an $8 million grant by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) to conduct three ground-breaking pilot sub-projects that will test technology to advance real needs—delivering mobility choices to transportation-challenged, underserved communities—while preparing for the future of mobility for all corridor residents. The project will also advance standards for automated driving systems in the U.S. by gathering essential data on performance and safety measures with CCTA’s partners at GoMentum Station.

PROJECT 1

Walnut Creek, CA

The Rossmoor First Mile/Last Mile pilot project is a shared autonomous vehicle (SAV) trial that will connect a Walnut Creek senior community with essential goods and services. These shuttles will be slow-moving (less than 25 miles per hour) with an attendant on board. Expected benefits will be greater transit accessibility and independence for the elderly community. Data gathered will be used to expand safety performance measures nationwide.

PROJECT 2

Martinez, CA

The County Hospital Accessible Transportation Shuttle pilot project aims to provide on-demand, wheelchair accessible autonomous vehicle (AV) shuttle service for people who don’t have reliable transportation to medical appointments and hospital services. The AV shuttle would operate at a maximum speed of 50 mph with an operator on board. Expected benefits include fewer missed appointments, fewer emergency room visits, greater use of the hospital, and, thus, better health outcomes.

PROJECT 3

Contra Costa County, CA

The Personal Mobility pilot project will install necessary technologies along a two-mile stretch of I-680 to prepare for the future of connected and automated vehicles (CAVs). This will allow for a range of AVs to be safely integrated onto the roadway with traditional vehicles. The project represents a first step in studying what kind of benefits result from AVs traveling up to 65 mph on major highways. Benefits such as fewer accidents, less traffic, and greater efficiency of shared transport are expected.