The first autonomous vehicle to circulate legally is english! This is happening in Toulouse, on the Oncopole university campus. After tests in around thirty countries around the world, the start-up EasyMile is now providing students with its EZ10, an electric car halfway to the bus with a capacity of 15 people.
We tend to believe that autonomous vehicles will not arrive on our roads for several years. There is certainly Tesla who deployed its program several months ago Fully autonomous driving, but the latter is still far from being developed. On the other hand, there are plenty of rumors that promise Apple is working on its own concept, but it surely won’t see the light of day until 2025. Yet, meanwhile, France is making giant strides.
EasyMile, a blue white red start-up has been studying the subject since 2015. Its EZ10 has already traveled thousands of kilometers around the world. The vehicle has been tested in around thirty countries, in particular the United States, Australia, Singapore, Finland and, of course, France. It is in the city of Toulouse that the car cut its teeth, and it is in this same city that it was authorized to move freely.
The first autonomous vehicle rolls in Toulouse
The government has granted the EZ10 a level 4 authorization, which now allows it to make trips around the Oncopole university campus from September 2022, without a driver needing to control his trajectory. Ultimately, EasyMile hopes to position it as a real transport solution for faculties, airports and other large companies.
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The vehicle can carry a total of 15 people, each enjoying a seat with seat belt. People with disabilities can also get on board thanks to an automatic ramp. It runs on solar energy which, thanks to a recent partnership with Sono Motors, should offer a great deal of autonomy.
“This is an important step towards the real commercialization of autonomous driving, both on large private sites and on public roads”, said Benoit Perrin, CEO of EasyMile. “The applications of our technology for moving people and goods continue to grow, particularly in places like campuses, business parks, sites and planned communities. I am excited about the future as more and more people embrace smart and shared transport. “
Source : EasyMile