CALSTART Launches Effort for Autonomous, Zero-Emission Transit Vehicles

CALSTART is launching a project to explore new automated vehicle technologies aimed at boosting transit ridership, cutting traffic and congestion, and reducing emissions.

The project’s ultimate goal is to support the development of a next-generation zero-emission autonomous transit vehicle.

CALSTART, a clean transportation accelerator with offices and member companies across the nation, will establish a coalition of at least 10 transit agencies to inform the process. The agencies – of varying sizes and complexities representing diverse communities – will be asked to provide strategic guidance to develop specifications for the vehicle. Agencies will create a wish list of attributes to meet their performance and funding needs.

We are excited about the opportunity to work with leading transit properties and identify how vehicle automation could be used to actually increase transit ridership and reduce the number of cars on the road. We also want to work with our member companies to be global leaders in this technology,” says John Boesel, president and CEO of CALSTART.