The City is continuing its innovation focus while researching emerging technologies and how they can impact and contribute to Edmonton’s future. Beginning in fall 2018, the City will launch an all-electric autonomous vehicle pilot project which is open for the general public to test.
This will help Edmonton better assess citizen response and understand the operation and potential future of automated vehicles in Edmonton. The City is working with Pacific Western Transportation, one of Canada’s largest passenger transportation companies, for the pilot.
The vehicle model in the pilot has been safely deployed in 20 countries across Asia-Paciﬁc, Middle-East, North America, and Europe. The pilot project will be testing a fully automated vehicle in a controlled setting that is apart from mixed traffic and pedestrians.
Driverless Technology Safety Features
The shuttles’ driverless technology comes with collision avoidance systems that detect other vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians, and obstacles. It is also equipped with multiple safety features for braking, entry, and exit of the vehicle.
To ensure public safety during the pilots, there will be a trained operator in the vehicle who is able to stop the vehicle at any point. The vehicle operates at around 12 km/h, contains an access ramp for mobility challenged passengers, and can hold up to a maximum of 12 persons including the operator (six seated and six standing).
The City will work with Alberta Transportation to meet all safety requirements.