Thank you for joining AVA on the St. Pete waterfront! We are happy to have served over 4,500 riders over four months. AVA will return to Pinellas County this summer to visit the coastal community of Dunedin.
AVA is introducing the cutting-edge technology of Autonomous Vehicles to Pinellas County. PSTA is working to bring our riders the first autonomous vehicle in the Tampa Bay Area to share the road with personal vehicles.
During her pilot, AVA will be looking to gain feedback on how the community feels about the possibility of using Autonomous Vehicles as a transit option in the future.
The Autonomous Vehicle Advantage
There are many benefits of riding in an Autonomous Vehicle, like AVA, over most traditional vehicles. AVA is less driver errors, is better for the environment, and has the potential to provide greater connectivity for riders.
With the use of LiDar sensors, AVA has more eyes on the road than a human driver possibly could. This results in safe transportation for riders, and other vehicles on the road.
AVA is 100% electric. Using electricity generated from a power plant burns less fossil fuel and is more efficient than generating power / fuel for personal use (i.e., the internal combustion engine on a vehicle). AVA can drive for 9 hours on just a few dollars of electricity. In addition, fewer moving parts means less environmental impact due to reduced maintenance and AVA has no consumable fluids onboard, like oil or engine coolant, that can harm the environment.
In the future, autonomous vehicles such as AVA could be used as a permanent circulator service or a first mile / last mile solution to areas not served by PSTA’s network. This would help to alleviate traffic congestion around downtown areas.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why did PSTA launch the AVA Pilot?
PSTA is always looking for innovative ways to help safely connect people to places. As autonomous vehicle technology is becoming more advanced, PSTA is exploring its potential use in Pinellas County. During her pilot, AVA will be looking to gain feedback on how the community feels about the possibility of using Autonomous Vehicles as a transit option in the future.
What makes AVA different than other autonomous vehicle programs?
AVA is one of the first autonomous vehicle programs in the state to operate in mixed use traffic, on an open road next to other vehicles.