First driverless vehicles by operator EasyMile approved to operate on public roads In France.
Since 2015, EasyMile’s EZ10 have been tested out its vehicle in more than 30 countries around the globe.
French startup, EasyMile has become the first operator authorized to operate its vehicles without a human driver on public roads in France. The startup has been testing and developing its driverless shuttle at various locations around the world.
Since 2015, EasyMile’s box-on-wheels EZ10 people mover have been tested out in 300+ locations in more than 30 countries around the globe, many of which don’t feature a human onboard but are overseen by a remote operator.
This includes testing in Singapore, the US, Finland, and Australia, as the company works to position its vehicle as an autonomous transport solution for private campuses, factories, airports, and planned communities.
The latest version of the EZ10 has a capacity for 15 people, with cushioned seating and safety belts, while the company also recently added an automated ramp and wheelchair anchor points for disabled passengers.
It also recently upgraded the EZ10’s sensor suite and teamed up with German startup Sono Motors to integrate solar cells and extend the vehicle’s range.
EasyMile has been trialing its driverless shuttle at the Oncopole medical campus in Toulouse, France, operating between the main entrance and a parking lot 600 m (2,000 ft) away along a mixed traffic route shared with bikes, pedestrians, cars, and buses.
Having proved the safety and reliability of the service, the company has now become Europe’s first to receive authorization for Level 4 autonomy on public roads, handed down by the French government.