At this point we’ve all heard about the advances being made with self-driving vehicles with companies like Google and Tesla each working on creating the first one for consumer use.
Of course the only problem with this so far is that no one from the public has actually been able to try them out themselves.
But driverless shuttle car programs are on the way to Canada this year, and they will be open to the public.
People in Edmonton and Calgary will have the opportunity to use a driverless shuttle car as early as this fall.
In Calgary the shuttle cars will run on a one-kilometre service roadway connecting the Calgary Zoo to the science centre.
Edmonton hasn’t yet announced where it will be running its driverless shuttle cars yet but is expected to do so this summer.
The cars will essentially be like small buses.
They will be able to hold 12 people - 6 standing, 6 sitting - and will travel at under 20 km/h.
They’ll even have a ramp for people with disabilities.
“This is the first autonomous vehicle pilot in Canada that the public will be able to ride,” said Andrew Sedor, a city transportation employee in Calgary.
“If the public really, really enjoys it, then we can definitely explore running it for longer,” he says.
So if you want to try out a self-driving car but don’t work for a company exploring that this is the next best thing for you to try.
Source: Toronto Star