By CRM Staff
Toronto, Ontario -- August 17, 2018 --A fully autonomous electric shuttle will be transporting travelers for the very first time in Canada next month, as reported by inhalton.
The pilot project, which is set to launch in Candiac, Que., will provide free transportation services form the park-and-ride lot to Andre-J-Cote Park.
“We are extremely proud to be the first city in Canada to move forward with a project of this nature,” said Candiac Mayor Normand Dyotte.
A human driver will accompany the shuttle for the duration of the pilot project and will be available to answer any questions regarding the technology. The driver will also be capable of taking control of the vehicle as required.
The shuttle will run throughout the fall with the project's objective being to provide both additional transportation options, as well as contribute to the evolution of autonomous transport technology in Canada.
Last January a senate committee released a 78-page report stating that Canada was nowhere close to being ready for autonomous vehicles.
Despite this, Liberal Senator Dennis Dawson believes that the time to act is now.
“We have to adapt to it (autonomous technology) as quickly as possible,” said Dawson.
Candiac is an off-island Montreal suburb with approximately 21,047 residents.
“We are constantly working to provide additional multimodal transportation options while remaining steadfastly focused on the notions of sustainable development and the smart city,” said Dyotte.
“The project is a true showcase of technological advancements.”