The Easymile autonomous vehicle under test in Toulouse on the Oncopole site since last March will soon be in circulation without a guide on board. He has just obtained the authorizations from the Ministry of Transport. With a capacity of 12 locations, this tiny electric bus with rounded shapes travels 600 meters on a dedicated corridor between the car park and the entrance to the cancer campus.
Pedestrians, cyclists and autonomous vehicles
Totally free, this shuttle operates 3 hours in the morning (7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.) and 3 hours in the afternoon (3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.). It is used by patients, students and staff of the Oncopole. It crosses paths with pedestrians and cyclists, which it avoids thanks to its sensors. And everyone cohabits without a hitch.
It’s sensational, driverless, in the future all cars will be autonomous – Rose, a patient of the Oncopole
In parallel to the road taken by the autonomous vehicle, a path taken by cyclists like Aglaé:
In this kind of place, near a hospital it is useful, and in my opinion it is safer than some motorists
Other users take it “as if they were going on a merry-go-round”, cautious some pedestrians who prefer to walk say:
It’s terrible all the same if the machine supplants man, I prefer to walk
The final word to Rose inexhaustible on the vision of the future without noise and without pollution that the vehicle inspires:
You always have to try new things, and it is, it is the future
The unaccompanied shuttle’s circulation phase could begin at end of the first half of December, the date has not yet been fixed.