Autonomous Vehicles Colorado (AvCo) launched the country’s largest fleet of autonomous EVs in cities across Colorado. The first of three locations launched Tuesday at Colorado School of Mines with nine driverless, zero-emission EZ10 shuttles. Autonomous Vehicles Colorado (AvCo) will next launch shuttles in Greenwood Village and Colorado Springs over the course of the next year. The autonomous shuttle buses will connect students, faculty, staff and the public with destinations in Golden and around campus that currently lack convenient mobility options. The shuttles will connect Colorado School of Mines’ central campus, athletics complex, student housing and downtown Golden. The shuttles will safely navigate traffic using advanced sensors and technology.
Named The Mines Rover, the low-speed shuttle service is free of charge and available to the public. Each shuttle will have an onboard customer service ambassador — a trained Mines student — who will engage with riders and take over manual control of the shuttle if necessary. The shuttle will operate along three fixed routes with designated shuttle stops and will arrive every 5 to 10 minutes along the routes. The shuttles are ADA accessible and can each hold six seated passengers. The shuttles are 100-percent electric, reducing the life cycle of climate-warming gases by 90 percent compared to similar, gasoline transit vehicles.