A Canadian first – an autonomous electric shuttle, on the streets of Candiac

Autonomous Shuttle (CNW Group/Ville de Candiac)

CANDIAC, QC,¬†Aug. 10, 2018¬†/CNW Telbec/ –¬†The City of Candiac was pleased to welcome Transport Minister Andr√© Fortin this morning for a major announcement: the arrival of a long-term demonstration project for a 100% electric autonomous shuttle to be used on public roads for the first time in¬†Canada. In addition to the municipality’s involvement, this ambitious and innovative project is made possible by transportation company Keolis Canada, manufacturer NAVYA, the financial support of the Quebec Government and the collaboration of Propulsion Qu√©bec, la Grappe industrielle des v√©hicules √©lectriques et intelligents du Qu√©bec and Technop√īle IV√ČO.

Starting in September, the autonomous electric shuttle will provide citizens with free transportation between the park-and-ride lot and Andr√©-J.C√īt√© Park, making its way along Montcalm Boulevard North. Stops include: City Hall, the Chartwell Le Montcalm senior’s residence and several businesses. An operator will be on board the shuttle for the duration of the project to answer any questions that users might have. This operator will also be able to take control of the shuttle as required. The shuttle will run throughout the fall until winter weather conditions take over. An experimentation phase, with no passengers, will then begin to ensure the shuttle’s performance during the winter season.

The objective of the project, over and above providing additional transportation options, is to contribute to the evolution of autonomous transport technology. By participating in this unique demonstration project, the City confirms its status as a leader in innovation and sustainable development. Throughout the process,¬†Candiac¬†has relied on the support of Technop√īle IV√ČO, whose objectives include fuelling innovation in the field of transportation by helping cities meet their needs through the solutions developed by businesses.

Candiac¬†places great importance on public and active transport. We are constantly working to provide additional multimodal transportation options while remaining steadfastly focused on the notions of sustainable development and the smart city. A true showcase of technological advancements, the autonomous electric shuttle project put forth by Keolis Canada and NAVYA is perfectly aligned with our vision in terms of innovation and is at the heart of our 2014‚Äď2029 strategic development plan. We are extremely proud to be the first city in¬†Canada¬†to move forward with a project of this nature,” stated¬†Normand Dyotte, Mayor of¬†Candiac


SOURCEVille de Candiac


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