If you arefamiliar with the CityMobil2 project, you probably know these vehicles, theEasyMile EZ10. In the framework of the CityMobil2 project, these electric driverlessshuttles have transported 19,000 passengers in Vantaa (Finland) and havesuccessfully accomplished their mission during the second CityMobil2 largedemonstration on the EPFL campus, in Lausanne (Switzerland).
This modelwill now be used in the framework of the Dutch WEpods project. Two EasyMileEZ10 shuttles have already reached the Netherlands. At the core of thisinitiative,the province of Gelderland intends to make the busesdrive between Wageningen University campus and the city of Ede. The innovativeaspect of the project lies in the booking system. The partners involved inWEpods will develop an app which will allow passengers to book a seat and tospecify their starting points and their destinations. Then, vehicles areexpected to choose their itineraries themselves.
However,before a full implementation, WEpods partners face a first challenge, the legalauthorization to run the driverless shuttles on public roads. The test phase isexpected to start in November. WEpods will then join other automated mobilityprojects in the Netherlands where driverless transportation research is takingup.
More information on WEpods: www.wepods.nl (in Dutch)
Picture: EasyMileEZ10 shuttle during the demonstration in Vantaa (Finland)