Electric driverless buses hit the streets of Montreal this week

May 17 2017, 4:04 pm

The streets of Montreal got a taste of what it would be like to have driverless buses this week.

As part of the Global Public Transport Summit, members of Transdev were demoing one of their ‘autonomous shuttles’ outside of the Palais des Congrès. The demos were the first of its kind in Canada.

The minibuses are made by French based Easy Mile, who describe the “EZ10” as “an electric shuttle dedicated to smart mobility designed to cover short distances and predefined routes in multi-use environments.”

The buses were on the road for the duration of the Summit, which concludes today. On Monday, Transdev’s CEO Thierry Mallet announced that the company will operate one of their autonomous shuttles at Parc Olympique from June 5 to 9.

“The future of mobility will be PACE: personalized, autonomous, connected, and electric,” said Transdev’s Yann Leriche. He said by the end of the year, the company will have 400 electric buses around the world. In Montreal, they operate three school buses.

While demoing, Transdev said 1000 passengers were able to try out the new buses.

Meanwhile in Toronto, a similar move was recently studied by the TTC, but they decided there were “too many uncertainties” at this time.

No word yet on how these guys do in the snow though.

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