Driverless vehicle specialist Aurrigo has completed its first ‘public’ autonomous trial in Canada allowing more than 350 people to ride in its pods around a golf club in Ottawa.
The UK-based company says the trial at the Marches Golf Club opens up “new opportunities for expansion in North America”.
It worked with Ottawa L5 powered by Invest Ottawa and the Kanata North Business Association to offer community members the chance to travel across a “complex route” that includes hills, a tunnel, narrow tree covered bridges and many twists and turns.
Aurrigo says it worked with local technology companies to create a safe environment for the pods. Feedback from the trial is now being collated by the company and Transport Canada to “enhance user experience and support continued Connected and Autonomous Vehicle policy research”.
David Keene, CEO of Aurrigo, commented, “Ottawa L5 was one of the early adopters of our Pod Zero technology and, over the last 18 months, we have developed a strategic relationship that truly leverages our respective strengths.
“The trial at Marches Golf Club in Ottawa is the first public trial we have completed in Canada and the response was fantastic with all the ride places filled and plenty of user comments on how we can refine our autonomous offer even further.
“Our pods represent impactful first and last mile transport solutions with deployment opportunities in a commercial, leisure, education or retail environment. There’s a really strong supply chain in Ottawa that can help support our roll-out in this area and other Canadian cities.”
“Building on our strong public-private sector collaboration, this Ottawa L5 pod pilot project further strengthens Ottawa’s capabilities as Canada’s CAV Capital and directly supports the safe implementation of CAVs,” added Michael Tremblay, President and CEO of Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards.
“This trial builds on our collective strengths and puts them to work in a community use case to support the ongoing development and safe deployment of CAV pods and shuttles.”
The Canadian trial comes just a few weeks after Aurrigo announced £1.5m of new orders from across the world with sales coming from customers in Australia, Canada, Finland, Singapore and the US, with the latest deal seeing one of its ‘Pod Zeros’ heading to China, which the Coventry-based business says is a “potential landmark moment”.