Perrone Robotics delivers WAEV GEM AV to Jacksonville Transportation Authority

July 7, 2022
The WAEV GEM AV will be the eighth AV to enter JTA’s AV Test & Learn Program since 2017.

Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) accepted the delivery of its eighth autonomous vehicle (AV) for its AV Test & Learn Program. The WAEV GEM AV was supplied by Perrone Robotics and features a solar-powered EV in the form of an FMVSS-compliant Low Speed Vehicle (LSV) capable of operating at speeds up to 25 mph and with capacity for six passengers.

Perrone Robotics explains it has worked closely with the JTA team as its AV fleet grows to bring advanced AV capabilities and road-worthy vehicle platforms for autonomous operations. Perrone Robotics says its TONY AV retrofit kit is integrated with the WAEV GEM EV as a turn-key AV solution.

Previously, Perrone Robotics delivered the world’s first fully autonomous FMVSS- and ADA-compliant EV Star to JTA, first deployed at its Armsdale AV facility and subsequently operated on local public roads for testing.

JTA is building the foundation for its Ultimate Urban Circulator (U2C) through its work at the AV Test & Learn Program. JTA has two track sites - Armsdale Test & Learn Facility and FSCJ Cecil Center Campus - where critical information is gained as JTA develops its U2C program.

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Mischa Wanek-Libman | Group Editorial Director

Mischa Wanek-Libman serves as editor in chief of Mass Transit magazine and group editorial director of the Infrastructure and Aviation Group at Endeavor Business Media. She is responsible for developing and maintaining the editorial direction of the group and is based in the western suburbs of Chicago.

Wanek-Libman has spent more than 20 years covering transportation issues including construction projects and engineering challenges for various commuter railroads and transit agencies. She has been recognized for editorial excellence through her individual work, as well as for collaborative content. 

She is an active member of the American Public Transportation Association's Marketing and Communications Committee and serves as a Board Observer on the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) Board of Directors.  

She is a graduate of Drake University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with a major in magazine journalism and a minor in business management.