Beaumont is the first western Canadian city to deploy technology allowing driverless vehicles and traffic infrastructure to talk with each other, as its autonomous shuttle pilot project heads into its third and final phase.
“The project has been an incredible success to date, but this is what we’ve really been working towards,” said City of Beaumont Mayor John Stewart. “The benefit is two-fold: the project teaches us how an autonomous vehicle reacts to the road, traffic lights and pedestrians, and it has raised the profile of the community. We’ve received interest from businesses and communities across Canada, and even internationally.”
For the third phase of the pilot, the city and its partner, Pacific Western Transportation (PWT), implemented vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) technology that enables the shuttle and road infrastructure, such as traffic lights, lane markings and signs, to communicate wirelessly. The pilot is providing valuable learnings including how the technology operates in a variable climate, citizen response and readiness, and insights into potential civic and infrastructure planning.