San Francisco, US is piloting AVs
San Francisco’s approach to AVs centers on filling gaps in transit networks and overnight service. The first planned pilot focuses on Treasure Island, a former naval base being redeveloped to have 8,000 housing units and rebranded as “San Francisco’s newest neighborhood.” (The island was created as a landfill for the city’s 1939 World’s Fair.) With support from a recently awarded federal transportation funding grant, San Francisco will invest $2 million over the next four years to test three driverless shuttles connecting existing bus stops, a planned ferry terminal, and other commercial and recreational destinations around the island. Delivery of vehicles for initial testing is expected in 2018, with a full launch of passenger service planned for 2020.