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Driverless shuttle being tested in Denver

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Driverless vehicles are being tested in the American state of Colorado, with a demonstration of a shuttle between the 61st and Peña Station to the nearby office buildings or bus stops.

The Denver Post reports that Governor John Hickenlooper, Mayor Michael Hancock and others attended the kickoff ceremony on Monday evening at the Regional Transportation District station, with Hickenlooper proclaiming the 4th December as “Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Day.”

The six-seat EZ-10 shuttle putted around Monday at about 5 mph on a dedicated stretch of road connecting the rail station to the Technology and Operations Center of Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Co.

The EZ-10 uses cameras, radar and lidar systems to see and sense objects all around, said Lauren Isaac, the U.S. director of business initiatives for EasyMile, the French developer that opened its U.S. headquarters in Denver this year (file picture).

“This is the EZ-10, which we manufactured three years ago and incorporates EasyMile’s technology, both hardware and software,” Isaac said. “This enables the vehicle to know where it is at all times to an accuracy of five centimeters (about two inches). It knows where it is going and it is constantly looking around it for obstacles to know whether it needs to slow down or stop.”

 
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