Since May 2018, pilot projects for automated vehicles on public roads in Quebec have been permitted subject to the approval of the Ministry of Transport. Therefore, in partnership with the City of Montreal, Transdev Canada has since developed several large-scale projects. In the Fall 2018, an autonomous mobility service was tested within Montreal's Olympic Park and Stadium.
Since last June 21, a new milestone has been reached in Canada with the deployment of an experimental service with autonomous shuttles in a dense urban environment, in normal traffic, connecting the Olympic Park metro station and the highly frequented Maisonneuve Market.
In this project, Transdev operates two EasyMile autonomous shuttles that circulate in the normal daily traffic conditions, crossing intersections equipped with intelligent traffic signals with which the shuttles communicate, thus providing a new transport service, useful to the inhabitants of Montreal, between the Olympic Park and the Maisonneuve Market.
The circuit covers a distance of 1.4 km, carried out in about 6 minutes with an average speed of 15 km/h. On board, Transdev operators welcome and inform passengers.
Dans le cadre de cette expérimentation, Transdev opère deux navettes autonomes EasyMile capables de circuler dans les conditions normales de circulation quotidienne, traversant des carrefours équipés de feux intelligents avec lesquels les navettes communiquent, et offrant désormais un nouveau service de transport utile aux habitants de Montréal, entre le Parc Olympique et le Marché Maisonneuve.
Le circuit représente un trajet de 1,4 km aller, réalisé en 6 minutes environ avec une vitesse moyenne des navettes de 15km/h. A bord, les opérateurs de Transdev accueillent et renseignent les passagers.
At the official launch on June 27, in presence of Eric Alan Caldwell, mobility manager on the Executive Committee of the City of Montreal, Arthur Nicolet, Chief Executive Officer of Transdev Canada emphasized: “Each step of this deployment allows us to address technological challenges, as well as to test consumer acceptance of these new modes of transport. We are proud to contribute to the development of autonomous mobility in Canada, and especially here in Montreal, and are committed to safely evolve. People in Montreal are very open to discovering new mobility options that will shape the future and we are very pleased to offer this carefuly designed pilot option to them“.
The autonomous shuttle service is free and open to all public, from Monday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm, from 21 June to 4 August 2019.
As an operator and global integrator of mobility, Transdev – The mobility company – gives people the freedom to move whenever and however they choose. We are proud to provide 11 million passenger trips everyday thanks to efficient, easy to use and environmentally-friendly transportation services that connect people and communities. Our approach is rooted in long-term partnerships with businesses and public authorities, and in the relentless pursuit of the safest and most innovative mobility solutions. We are a team of people serving people, and mobility is what we do. Transdev is jointly held by Caisse des Dépôts Group (66%) and the RETHMANN Group (34%). In 2018, with 82,000 employees in 20 countries, the Group generated total revenues of 6.9 billion euros.