We received the City of Vancouver’s notice a few weeks ago in the mail.
There would be lane closure on West 1st Avenue to support a public event to be held between February 18 – March 3, 2019. ELA was coming to our city.
This past week, Vancouver hosted a free Autonomous Shuttle Demonstration.
ELA, the diminutive of ELectronic Automation, is the future of transportation. Vancouver and Surrey are the first in Canada to have this demonstration. According to local news sources, “ELA…is manufactured by EasyMile, a leading autonomous manufacturer that has deployed driverless shuttles in over 20 countries across Asia-Pacific, the Middle-East, North America, and Europe. The shuttles use a combination of sensors, video cameras, and computers to understand their surrounding.”
Battery Life: up to 14 hours.
Speed: up to 40km per hour
Powered by: Electricity
Capacity: Maximum 12 people per shuttle.
Sleek and confident – those were my first thoughts when I encountered ELA on my walk down 1st Avenue. In a time of unprecedented discussion on climate change, Vancouver is following on their commitment to Greenest City Action Plans.
The Future is now! Are we ready?
“Driverless vehicles are anticipated to eliminate one of the leading contributors to collisions – human error,” says City of Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart. “By piloting them on these corridors, we can learn more about how they can be used throughout the region to improve safety, reduce congestion, and create safer, greener, healthier, more connected communities. In Surrey and Vancouver we believe that together, we are leading the way and setting the standard for other cities in Canada to follow for smart mobility.”