Shuttles self-reliant on the public highway by the end of August to Candiac

Des navettes autonomes sur la voie publique dès la fin août à Candiac

Photo: Jacques Nadeau Archives The Duty
Last summer, Keolis had already announced a pilot project similar to come to Terrebonne, but it had been postponed because of municipal elections.

The city of Candiac welcome from the end of the month of August, the first pilot project canadian involving shuttles self-reliant on the public highway.

The minister of Transport, André Fortin, has announced on Friday morning the details of the pilot project, made possible thanks to the changes to the highway safety Code introduced last April.

A shuttle independent of the company NAVYA, which will be operated by Keolis Canada, will be in service starting the week of August 27, for a period of one year.

It will ply on a route of 2 km, on the highway, at a speed of about 25 km/h. It can carry up to 15 passengers, which will always be accompanied by an operator Keolis.

Access to the shuttle will be free of charge. Citizens will not, however, use it between the beginning of the month of December and the end of the month of march, a period during which Keolis will test the shuttle in winter conditions.

Last summer, Keolis had already announced a pilot project similar to come to Terrebonne, but it was postponed due to the change of government in the last municipal elections.

The government of Quebec will pay $ 350,000 to finance the project in Candiac. Other pilots of the same kind will be deployed in the province over the next few years, but the minister Fortin did not want to specify the number or location.

Other projects

The project Candiac is the first to deploy shuttles self-reliant on the public highway in Canada, but it is not the first to involve autonomous vehicles. Ontario from January 1, 2016, the tests with cars the autonomous individual, while in Montreal, a pilot project involving a shuttle stand-alone was launched last year at the olympic Park, on a closed circuit, for a period of four days.

Two shuttle buses from Transdev — one of the competitors of Keolis — will be back in circulation on the olympic Park site from the week of 27 August, Monday to Friday, for two months.

The shuttle will follow a course of 800 metres, which will link the entrance to the olympic Stadium to the subway station Viau, passing in particular by the entrance of the new offices of Desjardins and the Planetarium.