Toronto’s First Automated Shuttle Trial Planned for Spring 2021 in West Rouge Neighbourhood


Credit: Local Motors

The City of Toronto is going forward with the Automated Shuttle Trial and is planned for Spring 2021. The service was expected to start in Fall 2020, but was delayed. The shuttle is a zero-emissions electric automated vehicle, that will quietly and safely operate at low speeds of ~20 kmph. The trial will last 6 to 12 months.

The City of Toronto has signed an agreement with Local Motors by LM Industries.

Local Motors, in partnership with Pacific Western Transportation, will provide this service using Olli 2.0, the latest iteration of its electric, self-driving shuttle that can seat upto eight passengers.

Olli is equipped with an accessibility ramp and a wheelchair securement system, along with audio and visual announcements and other features for rider information.

The service will connect the West Rouge neighbourhood, located in the south-east corner of Scarborough and Rouge Hill GO station, and will be coordinated with GO Transit schedules. The passengers will ride for free and the shuttle would travel on the road to and from Rouge Hill GO station during morning and evening rush hours. West Rouge neighbourhood is roughly bounded by Lake Ontario to the south, the Rouge River to the east, Port Union Road to the west and Kingston Road to the north.

Credit: City of Toronto

The Automated Shuttle Trial is delivered in partnership with TTC and Metrolinx, with funding from Transport Canada – under the program to Advance Connectivity and Automation in the Transportation System. The trial is part of Toronto’s Automated Vehicles Tactical Plan and Readiness 2022 which is the first comprehensive automated vehicle plan for a North American city.

In order to monitor and learn from the six-month to 12-month trial, two staff members, a certified operator from Pacific Western Transportation and one customer service ambassador from either TTC or Metrolinx, will be on board for every trip.More about the Trial

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