MnDOT to Partner with French Company to Test Driverless Shuttle Bus

The driverless shuttle bus Photo: Minnesota Department of Transportation
The driverless shuttle bus

October 10, 2017 12:07 PM

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has chosen a French company specializing in driverless technology to lead testing of an autonomous shuttle bus pilot project.

A MnDOT release states EasyMile will take the lead in the project, first announced in June. It is designed to test the use of a driverless shuttle bus in a cold-weather climate.

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According to the release, the company - which has a location in Colorado - has already conducted driverless technology tests in cold-weather climates like Norway and Finland.

But Minnesota will mark its first cold-weather test site in the U.S.

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Testing is scheduled to start in November and run through February of 2018. It will initially take place at MnROAD, MnDOT's pavement test facility located near Albertville along Interstate 94.

Testing will look at how the shuttle operates in snow and ice, in low temperatures and on roads where salt has been used.

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