According to an article by the Denver Post, EasyMile, a French company, hosted a demonstration on Monday that showed off their progress on the EZ-10 driverless shuttle. The demonstration took place on a dedicated stretch of road in Denver, with the highlight being the shuttle moving about at roughly 5 miles per hour with no one in a driver’s seat or behind controls. In fact, there’s not even a steering wheel in this vehicle – or seat belts, for that matter.
The EZ-10 uses more than a dozen sensors to safely navigate, including cameras and a radar system. Apparently, these sensors work pretty well, as the Denver Post reports that midway through the demonstration, the vehicle came to a stop after a single tumbleweed fluttered across it’s path.
Current plans put this project on track for a public launch as early as Spring 2018. The first proposed stop is at 61st and Peña by the University of Colorado A-Line. It’s also worth mentioning that the driveless shuttle is fully electric, capable of carrying up to 12 people, and can cruise at a speed of 12 miles per hour.
Is this the future of public transportation? Could Colorado’s unpredictable weather have an impact on use? Let us know your thoughts.
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