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French autonomous vehicle specialist NAVYA has teamed up with passenger transport company Keolis Canada to launch a 12-month autonomous shuttle pilot project in Quebec.

The shuttle will operate in real traffic conditions on public roads for 12 months, a first in Canada.

It will transport users on a two kilometre route including several stops throughout the city in order to best meet their mobility needs, particularly during regular commutes.

Marie Helene Cloutier, vice-president, passenger experience, marketing and sales for Keolis Canada, said: “The autonomous electric shuttle complements the existing transportation offer and is yet another step towards integrated intermodal transportation services.”

Sarah Houde, executive director of Propulsion Quebec, an industry group dedicated to encouraging electric and shared transport options, said: “One of the main benefits of autonomous transportation is to improve passengers’ experience, especially within areas that are not currently served by collective transport offers, such as the first and last kilometers of a trip, without having to add heavy infrastructures.”