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Autonomous electric shuttle to launch in Quebec

Shuttle will complement the public transit services currently available in Candiac, Quebec


October 10, 2018
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Image: Keolis Canada

CANDIAC, QC—Keolis Canada and the City of Candiac have announced the launch of the first long-term demonstration project of an autonomous electric shuttle on public roads in Canada.

The shuttle will complement the public transit services currently available in Candiac, said Keolis Canada. The pilot project will take place over 12 months, with about eight months dedicated to serving passengers.

The NAVYA autonomous shuttle will operate along a two-km route between the park-and-ride lot and exo’s bus terminal and the intersection of Marie-Victorin and Montcalm North boulevards with several stops along the way, including City Hall, a retirement complex and local businesses. The autonomous shuttle, which will coexist with regular traffic, will allow employees in the area to reach their workplaces from the bus terminal.

Along the route, the shuttle will go through a railway crossing and an intersection where it will communicate with four traffic lights. During the winter period, a research and development project, without passengers on board, will test how the autonomous electric shuttle adapts to Quebec winter conditions.