January 13, 2017
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.
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.
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