Last week, the EasyMile electric autonomous shuttle debuted on the roads in Denver, Colorado, marking the first autonomous vehicle venture in the state. The EasyMile is a self-driving shuttle that is scheduled to operate for the next 4-6 months connecting passengers from commuter rail stations to the EasyMile office and Park-n-Ride lots. The goal of this venture is to “assess the viability of autonomous services in providing first and last mile connections to and from transit.”
The shuttle will run Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., making a complete loop every 15 minutes, at an average speed of 12-15 miles per hour with a total of 12 passengers.
This venture was approved by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Colorado Autonomous Vehicle Task Force. All of the data collected will be shared between the project’s partners to help advance the technology, and to help lead to wider use of this type of technology.