EasyMile, a French company intends to bring one of its electric driverless buses with model EZ10 into a business park in California and a park in Singapore. The electric driverless buses are expected to be running on entirely electric and it is completely autonomous as it even does not have a steering wheel. The company plans to have about 100 to 200 units of EZ10 in operation by 2017.
EZ10 is not designed to run on the public roads. Instead it is expected to run on a confined environment with pre-defined route such as airports, city centres and business parks. However, not to worry as it is able to run on asphalt.
EZ10 is powered by lithium-ion battery which is able to charge fully in 8 hours. It can operate up to 12 hours and able to travel as far as 80km or 50 miles in a single charge with an average speed of up to 20km/h or 12 mph and a top speed of 40km/h (25mph).
EZ10 is collecting data based on the information gathered by lidar, video, Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS) and odometry sensors which is able to estimate change in position over time. The vehicle is also designed to protect itself from hacking such as it will stop automatically when there is a request to run on a different route than the route that is previously configured. On top of that the communication to the fleet management system is encrypted and the vehicle’s safety chain is designed to be separate from the IT network.
EZ10 trial run will start in December and will be last for about two weeks on a 1.5-km (0.9 miles) looped route at the 101-ha (250-ac) Gardens by the Bay Park in Singapore. It is expected to fully roll out in mid 2016. On the other hand, the trial of EZ10 in California will take place at the Bishop Ranch business park in San Ramon and it will be starting in mid 2016.