First Transit is supporting a shared autonomous vehicle (SAV) roadshow, in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), EasyMile, and 3M, to demonstrate the performance of the SAV in winter weather.
First Transit is supporting the SAV roadshow with onsite personnel, operations, and maintenance with several stops across Minnesota, including the Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis, the Minnesota Statehouse, and at 3M Global Headquarters.
“We are glad to be the first company in North America to gather data about the effects of winter weather on the SAV,” said Justin Pate, sr. VP, marketing and business development, at First Transit. “No matter the type of transportation vehicle, we want to ensure a safe experience for our passengers.”
The effect of the extreme cold weather has been in line with expectations, providing a safe and comfortable ride for passengers. Operating in light snow has proved no challenge for the SAV.
“EasyMile is excited to gather information on the performance of our EZ10 vehicle in inclement weather,” said Joseph Holmes, director of sales at EasyMile. “With temperatures reaching 35 below zero at the MnDOT test track, we were proud of the vehicle’s overall mechanical performance.”