WEpods Autonomous Shuttles Hit The Roads In Holland

Posted: Mar 22 2016, 12:49pm CDT | by , in News | Cars & Vehicles


WEpods Autonomous Shuttles Hit the Roads in Holland
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  • Autonomous WEpods to shuttle students in Holland!

The driverless electric boxes will take passengers from train stations to the University on public roads.

Self-driving shuttles will soon hit the roads in Holland. The autonomous shuttles are being called WEpods. The WEpods will ferry passengers from the train station in Ede, Netherlands to the Wageningen University.

The WEpod will travel on the public roads of Holland. Passengers could call for the pods with a smartphone app. The robotic system in the WEpods will steer them to their destination. The WEpods will travel with a leisurely top speed of about 15 mph. 

The WEpods were first demonstrated by Ligier in 2011. The Easymile team first asked Google for their autonomous vehicle technology. However Google denied the request and Easymile decided to create its own open source system.

The system was created with the help of Technical University of Delft, according to AutoBlog. The government also gave the team about $3.8 million in funds to develop the WEpods.

The WEpods were first tested on a 200-meter stretch of public road. The WEpods are now being put to use on a longer point-to-point route. The WEpods will start shuffling passengers from May 2016. 

The WEpods may be the first autonomous shuttle system in Holland but not in Europe. In Switzerland and UK, the Induct Navia is already being tested. EU is also funding the Citymobil2 project.

The project has been testing autonomous systems with the aim of creating a legal framework. The framework would ensure the shuttles can easily share the roads with human drivers. If the current programs are found to be successful then more people will accept driver-less modes of transport. 

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