The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) announced the cooperative statewide procurement of Mobileye Shield+ Driver Assistance System (DAS) technology for all public transportation providers in Virginia.
As part of a $450,000 pilot program, DRPT is also providing funding to 10 public transit agencies to retrofit up to 50 buses with innovative pedestrian collision avoidance systems that will alert transit operators of pedestrians and bicyclists that enter the path of the vehicle.
The Mobileye Shield+ DAS system adds an additional safety feature to existing buses to prevent potential pedestrian collisions. DAS technology includes hardware elements like cameras, sensors and digital displays, as well as software elements to record and report incidents and note trends. DAS systems can also reduce wear on transit vehicles by encouraging more predictable bus movements.
The DAS pilot program was funded through a Statewide Transit Demonstration Grant and the Commonwealth Transportation Board’s Innovation and Technology Transportation Fund. DAS will make its first appearance on The Hopper, a downtown circulator bus operated by the Greater Lynchburg Transit Co. and funded by SMART SCALE.