A driverless vehicle company based in Coventry has finished its first ever public autonomous trial in Canada, thereby creating opportunities for expansion of the company in to the North American market. Aurrigo, the autonomous driving company has collaborated with Ottawa L5 and the Kanata North Business Association to give more than 350 locals the chance to ride in two of its Pod Zero autonomous vehicles.
The event took place over a course of 3 days at the Marches Golf Club in Ottawa. Here, members of the local community used the autonomous vehicles to travel a complex route over hills, through a tunnel, tree covered bridges and numerous turns and twists.
The transport solution specialist has worked with local tech enterprises to develop a safe operational environment for the pods. Aurrigo and Transport Canada are collecting feedback from the trial with the aim of boosting user experience and support, in addition to research for policy relevant to autonomous vehicles.
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David Keene, the CEO of Aurrigo spoke about the development: “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.”
The Ride the Pod trial by Ottawa L5 was supported by the Brookstreet Hotel and KRP Properties, is focused increasingly on safety. The engineering team from Aurrigo is contributing to the pilot design in the project, in addition to overseeing the implementation and testing of the Pod Zero operations.