Member Spotlight: Automotus Accelerates Commercial Adoption of EVs, Improves Parking Turnover for Local Businesses
Founded in 2017, new Bay Area Council member Automotus uses first-of-its-kind computer vision technology to help cities, airports, fleets and small businesses manage traffic congestion and emissions at the curb. The Los Angeles-based company is currently partnering with a number of cities across the U.S., including Santa Monica and Los Angeles, where their technology is supporting the launch and operation of the nation’s very first zero emissions delivery zones to incentivize commercial adoption of electric vehicles and create a blueprint for zero emissions zones across the country. Automotus is also working with the City of Pittsburgh to deploy smart loading zones across the city’s most congested commercial districts. Each zone will automate payment for commercial and passenger vehicles, making curbside delivery more efficient and helping increase (un)loading and parking turnover for restaurants, retailers, and other local businesses.
In July, Automotus was awarded the U.S. Department of Energy’s first-ever grant for a curb management project, alongside a handful of partners, to expand these projects and advance zero emissions delivery opportunities nationwide.