Self-driving electric shuttles between Calgary attractions

The City of Calgary will launch a self-driving electronic shuttle between the Calgary Zoo and the Telus Spark building this Saturday.

Electric Autonomous (ELA) will run a pilot self-driving shuttle along a concrete road transporting visitors between the two visitor attractions.

The vehicle accommodates 12 passengers and includes a built in ramp. The vehicles are capable of operating on public roads, but will not during the pilot. It will travel at a low speed of around 12 kmph.

The ELA is manufactured by EasyMile – an autonomous vehicle technology companies.

The EasyMile driverless shuttle has been deployed in over 20 countries across Asia-Pacific, the Middle-East, North America, and Europe.

Pacific Western Transportation will supervise the rollout of the ELA. The company operates in transportation technologies and innovation.

Rides begin at 10 am on Saturday, September 8. They will run every five minutes, with departures alternating between Calgary Zoo and Telus Spark.

Riders can book a seat from ELA’s website for free. Alternatively, riders can walk up – though seating may be limited.

Last year, Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced that they will have driverless flying cars – drones capable of carrying humans – flying within months.

The Ehang 184, an autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) capable of carrying a human that has been developed with Chinese firm Ehang, was unveiled at the World Government Summit in Dubai in 2017.