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Autonomous Shuttle Pilot Project

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Ward 6 official website

January 13, 2017

Part of preparing for the Calgary of the future is looking into emerging technologies and how they might best serve Calgarians.  City staff is exploring the possibility of bringing a low-speed autonomous shuttle to Calgary on a pilot basis.  These shuttles have been introduced in other cities around the world, and Calgary would be one of the first cities in North America to test the technology.  They generally travel along a pre-programmed route and are able to navigate around obstacles. The maximum speed of the vehicles is 20 km/h.
The pilot would see the shuttle providing service between the Zoo LRT station and the TELUS Spark Science Centre for a period of six months in 2018. This location was chosen as it provides an alternative to a one km walk and the service can be piloted in a semi-controlled environment.  The shuttle will allow the public an opportunity to try the technology and provide feedback.  It would also allow the City to gain hands-on experience in order to understand the technology, and see how it works in Calgary’s climate.  The pilot would help inform future planning for using this technology in Calgary.  The pilot will only proceed if the costs of the pilot can be accommodated within the current budget, and the City is certain that the service can operate safely.   More details on the pilot will be available throughout 2017.

Photograph by Rama, Wikimedia Commons, Cc-by-sa-2.0-fr

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