The first driverless shuttle in Ireland will make its debut in Dublin’s Docklands on September 21st and 22nd.
The special event organised by Dublin City Council as part of its ‘Smart Docklands’ project and in partnership with the Civic Group will bring a glimpse of the future of smart and sustainable transport to Dublin.
The Easymile ‘EZ10’ is a driverless, electric shuttle bus, which can carry up to 15 people and is ideal for last mile transportation in particular. It features a built-in access ramp for passengers with reduced mobility and there is no need for additional road infrastructure to operate the vehicle.
The vehicle has ‘state of the art’ smart technologies with advanced cameras, processors and sensors that enable the trip to run smoothly.
The ‘EZ10’ is currently in daily operation at locations in the US, Holland, China and Estonia and is expanding globally.
The shuttle route will run for nearly one kilometre with 4 stops in place from the Dublin Convention Centre to the 3 Arena.
The event will be open to the public as part of a wider European Mobility Week event where Dublin City Council and its partners will host the ‘Future Mobility Showcase’ on North Wall Quay on Saturday September 22nd from 11am to 5pm where there will be on street family friendly activities.
There will be an opportunity to take a free trip on the shuttle from 2pm to 5pm on Friday September 21st and 11am to 5pm on Saturday September 22nd.
There will also be a showcase of new transport services such as shared bikes, e-bikes, electric scooters and car clubs.
In particular cycling will play a key role in the future of transport with the City Council hosting the global cycling conference VeloCity in 2019 at the Convention Centre Dublin, which is the location of the first stop on the EZ10 route.
Speaking about the future of transport, Dublin City Council’s Chief Executive, Owen Keegan, said:
“Dublin City Council through its ‘Smart City’ programme and the ‘Smart Docklands’ testbed district is encouraging a debate on the future of transport and mobility in the city. With the rapid pace of technology change there is a wide range of innovative sustainable transport opportunities. The traditional models of commuting will expand to incorporate a whole range of shared transport options including the use of shared bikes, electric scooters, car clubs and new on demand autonomous shuttle services such as the EasyMile shuttle. This is likely to be especially the case in relation to the last mile of journeys. We are delighted to give local residents and Dubliners the opportunity to see and test the future of city transport.”