TRANSDEV PARTNERS AUTONOMOUS BUS TRIALS


A company specialising in autonomous vehicle technology has been conducting driverless shuttle trials in Australia, with Queensland and the Northern Territory the focus of its recent operations.

TRANSDEV PARTNERS AUTONOMOUS BUS TRIALS
The company employs more than 100 people and has regional offices in Denver (USA), Berlin (Germany), Melbourne (Australia) and Singapore, with further presence in Japan and the Middle East.

Founded in 2014 and headquartered in Toulouse, France, EasyMile has expertise in vehicle dynamics, robotics and computer vision. Two of its current vehicles are the Tracteasy autonomous baggage tractor, used within airports, and the EZ10, a driverless passenger shuttle.

The company says the latter has already been deployed in 20 countries across Asia-Pacific, Middle-East, North America and Europe. It was recently trialled in Australia in partnership with Transdev and various councils and the Darwin International Airport. The trials spanned:

  • Darwin, Northern Territory: February 21 to February 22, 2018 – the trial operated on a pre-determined continuous loop around car-parks, terminal and hotels at the Darwin Airport

  • Ipswich, Queensland: February 26 to March 3 – visitors and residents had the opportunity to take free rides in the EZ10 from Orion Lagoon along John Nugent Way – about five minutes per trip

  • Cleveland, Queensland: March 4 – in a public demonstration facilitated by Redland City Council, the public was able to ride the EZ10 driverless shuttle along Middle Street at the Cleveland Market.

These concluded the company’s 2017/18 Australasian Driverless Roadtrip, with last year’s locations including Adelaide, Canberra, Cairns and Mooloolaba.

Completely driverless and electric, the EZ10 travels up to 45km/h, has a capacity of 15 passengers, contains an in-built access ramp for mobility-challenged passengers, can operate on fixed or on-demand routes – or existing roadways with no additional infrastructure required, and is managed via EasyMile’s fleet management software.

The company employs more than 100 people and has regional offices in Denver (USA), Berlin (Germany), Melbourne (Australia) and Singapore, with further presence in Japan and the Middle East.

"EasyMile supplies smart mobility solutions and autonomous technologies powering driverless vehicles – developing software that enables automation for various transportation platforms, a powerful in-house fleet management solution for autonomous vehicles, and providing smart mobility solutions for transporting passengers or logistics on private sites, urban, suburban or rural areas in diverse environments," the company says.

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