Toronto’s autonomous shuttle pilot project was canceled after the supplier ceased operations

A pilot project for an autonomous shuttle in Toronto, which was to connect a Scarborough neighborhood with GO Transit, has been completed even before residents could drive in the self-driving vehicle.

The city on Friday announced the cancellation of the West Rouge Automated Shuttle program.

“The City, TTC and Metrolinx have jointly agreed to close the Toronto lawsuit due to several reasons that are expected to continue to delay service to the public after the scheduled end date of February 28, 2022,” the city said in a press release.

One of the reasons is that Local Motors, which the company has contracted to supply the self-propelled shuttles to, has recently ceased operations and can no longer provide technical and operational support, the city said. The company’s Olli 2.0 self-driving vehicle was to be used for the project.

The pilot, the city said, was scheduled to be launched in the spring of 2021, but it was delayed because further evaluation of the space shuttle’s performance was needed.

“Despite not offering service to the public, the city and its partners tested automated shuttle services for two months in the fall of 2021 and collected data on how automated vehicle technologies work, their different requirements compared to conventional transit vehicles, the current limitations of the technology and the range. The insights gained from the trial will support future decision-making and planning for automated vehicles in transit and the wider transport system, ”said the city.

The self-driving shuttle was to connect residents of Scarborough’s West Rouge neighborhood to Rouge Hill GO Station.

The vehicle had a seat of eight passengers and was equipped with an accessibility ramp and a safety system for one wheelchair or mobility device.

It has sensors to analyze the surroundings and respond to road and traffic conditions. The space shuttle has a maximum speed of 20 km / h while running autonomously, but can run up to 40 km / h in manual mode.

A companion will always be present on board should they take over the ride.

“The City, TTC and Metrolinx remain committed to finding innovative, accessible and sustainable transit solutions, including automated vehicle technology, to meet Toronto’s future transportation needs,” the statement said.

The cancellation of the pilot project also comes after the Department of Transportation suspended its approval to operate the trial following an independent accident involving another self-propelled shuttle in Whitby last month that left a man injured.

Durham police said the space shuttle, which was not in operation at the time, was in manual mode when it collided with a tree.

After the crash, the shuttle service was suspended pending a full investigation of the incident.

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