We may not be in the era of The Jetsons yet, but the future of driving is coming up fast.
Starting in February, you’ll be able to ride in a driverless shuttle in Vancouver and Surrey.
The ELA (ELectric Automation) is bringing the EZ10 Driverless Shuttle to both cities for residents to try out.
ELA is coming to BC! The #AutonomousShuttle will be demonstrated as part of #SmarterTogether, the @CityofSurrey and @CityofVancouver’s joint application in the Smart Cities Challenge✊ https://t.co/SPosjtKeCQ
— ELA (@RideWithEla) January 17, 2019
Driverless shuttles, also known as “autonomous vehicles,” use sensors, video cameras and computers to understand the surrounding environment.
They are fully-accessible, 100% electric vehicle and have up 14 hours of battery life.
These vehicles are meant to improve safety, reduce congestion and enhance sustainability as well as eliminate collision contributors like human error.
The shuttle, which can hold up to 12 passengers has a maximum travel speed of 40 km/h and can accommodate wheelchairs, scooters, and strollers. The shuttle will also have a trained operator on board.
However, during the demos, the shuttle will run at a speed of 12 km/h and for public safety reasons, operate separately from traffic.
This is the first time that such vehicles are being considered for use in the Lower Mainland.
— ELA (@RideWithEla) September 28, 2018
You can ride the shuttle in Surrey at the Surrey Civic Plaza from February 1 – 4, 6, 9 ,10, and 13 -17 from 10 am to 4 pm.
In Vancouver, demos take place from Febuary 23 – March 3rd at the Olympic Village Skytrain Station parking lot and Manitoba W 1st Ave at the northwest corner.
Times include: 12 to 6pm on weekdays and 10am to 5pm weekends.
You can book your ride online or register in person during one of the demo days.
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