Autonomous and Connected Vehicles
CUTA has been exploring the impact of autonomous (AVs) and connected vehicles to understand this emerging trend, and to ensure that their deployment impacts on urban mobility in a positive and sustainable way. For example, if deployed in conjunction with mass and community transit, AVs have the potential to improve mobility and complement transit service, most notably in low-density areas. Alternatively, through a private ownership model, these technologies could add even more cars to the road and worsen congestion.
Edmontonians and visitors may have to pinch themselves next month when they see a shuttle go by — with no driver.
The city will test electric autonomous shuttles at four closed-off sites in Edmonton in a two-month pilot project starting in October.
The public will be able to take one-kilometre, six- to seven-minute rides and tell the city what they think.
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A driverless shuttle could soon serve as a missing link for many residents who do not have easy access to rapid transit.
According to a report that will go before the public works committee next week, the city is planning to experiment with autonomous vehicle technology by launching a pilot project for the operation of a driverless shuttle sometime in 2020.