A first in Canada
On 10 August 2018, Keolis, through its subsidiary Keolis Canada, and its partner NAVYA, supported by the Quebec Government, the Technopôle IVEO, the Cluster for Electric and Smart Transport, Propulsion Québec, announced the launch of the first pilot project for a 100% electric autonomous shuttle in Candiac, Quebec. The trial, which will last twelve months, is the first long-term demonstration of an autonomous shuttle in Canada. The NAVYA Autonom Shuttle will operate in real traffic conditions, on public roads, coexisting with regular traffic.
Located on the south shore of the island of Montreal, in the Montérégie region of Quebec, the city of Candiac has a population of 21,000 and covers an area of 17.59 km². The entry into service of the electric autonomous vehicle, which operates along a 2 km route, is intended to meet the mobility needs of the inhabitants of Candiac. The shuttle will make several stops along its route. One of the main objectives is to make it easier for the city’s inhabitants to get to and from work, notably by providing the interconnection between the shuttle and the bus terminal to take employees to their workplaces.
Due to the harsh weather conditions in Quebec, passenger services of the shuttle will temporarily be interrupted. However, during this time the shuttle will be tested without passengers on board, as part of research and development for the project. The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) of Quebec for road safety, with the support of industry partners, is also evaluating the possibility of conducting an independent study on road safety and social acceptance related to this project. The study would offer precious insights to help establish and maintain a safe environment for vehicles sharing the road.