Beaumont introducing driverless shuttle service in historic pilot project

Photo courtesy of the city of Beaumont

Beaumont to become Canada's first-ever pilot of an autonomous shuttle in mixed traffic

History will be made today in Beaumont.

Pacific Western Transportation (PWT) along with the city will showcase Electric Autonomous shuttle (ELA) technology for the first time in Canada.

Kendra Raymond is the Director of Planning and Development in Beaumont and she tells The One News what they hope others get out of this 6-month pilot project.

"We're just excited to show everybody that we're not afraid to be at the forefront of urban progress, we want to bring opportunities to our city, because we think that we're an optimal backdrop for learning, discovery, economic growth and diversification and we want to keep doing things differently and we're going to redefine what a city can be" says Raymond.

Raymond goes on to say "this pilot project is our calling card showing others across Canada and abroad that Beaumont is open to partnering with innovators in advancing and commercializing new technologies and we want to partner and work with other people who think the same as we do".

ELA is a driverless shuttle which is powered by electricity and can carry up to 12 passengers at a time with a built-in access ramp.

The shuttle can run on fixed or on-demand routes and can operate on existing roadways with no additional infrastructure.

If you want to take a ride it is free.

For more information about ELA  and to view the full schedule as well as the route map you can visit https://www.beaumont.ab.ca/583/Autonomous-Shuttle-Pilot.

The pilot project will run until October.  (JSL/THE ONE NEWS)

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