US Ignite selects First Transit and Perrone Robotics as AV service provider for Fort Carson Smart Transportation Testbed

First Transit, in partnership with Perrone Robotics, has been selected by US Ignite to provide autonomous vehicle (AV) shuttle service at the Fort Carson, Colo., Smart Transportation Testbed—a project funding and managed by the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC).

First Transit will deliver and operate two Polaris GEM autonomous shuttles custom-configured by Perrone Robotics using its TONY (TO Navigate You) autonomy kit. The electric AVs, which support Level 5 autonomous capability, will transport soldiers within the Fort Carson Army installation while also collecting operational data as part of the year-long pilot…

The initiative at Fort Carson includes a significant focus on transportation planning as well as data analytics, assessment and modelling for future autonomous shuttle deployments. In addition to sensors and cameras on the vehicles, roadside cameras will be installed and connected to a dedicated wireless network along the route to capture information about the vehicle and pedestrian behavior surrounding the AV shuttles.