Autonomous vehicle technology company, EasyMile announced the partnership with a consortium of companies to develop technology for autonomous full-size bus.
EasyMile developed its first product in 2014: a 12-passenger driverless shuttle bus referred to as the EZ10. It has already driven more than 74,000 miles in 20 countries with full Level 4 autonomy. EasyMile has leveraged its experience with the EZ10 to integrate its driverless technology into different vehicle platforms.
In October of this year, EasyMile announced a partnership with TLD to develop the first driverless baggage tractors, referred to as the TractEasy. EasyMile will leverage its technology to develop a driverless 40-foot bus, with a capacity of at least 100 passengers, and either hybrid or electric-powered.
Technologies to be integrated into the bus include, safety controls, navigation software, cybersecurity protocols, and deployment processes.
Development of the driverless bus technology will be subsidized by the French government through an FUI program (Fonds unique interministériel).
Project partners (and their roles) include:
● EasyMile: Driverless solution provider
● IVECO: Vehicle provider
● Sector: Safety analysis
● Transpolis: Use case definition, testing and validation of autonomous vehicles in a realistic environment
● ISAE-SUPAERO: Semantic localization
● Ifsttar: Research in accessibility for passengers with reduced mobility and user acceptance
● Inria: Multi-sensor fusion and collision-avoidance
● Michelin: Connected tires This project has been certified and supported by CARA (previously LUTB Transport Mobility Systems), Aerospace Valley and NFI (Nouvelle France Industrielle)
This project has been certified and supported by CARA (previously LUTB Transport Mobility Systems), Aerospace Valley and NFI (Nouvelle France Industrielle).