The EZ10 passenger shuttle is using Velodyne Lidar sensors for avoiding collisions with pedestrians, animals and objects in its path.
An agreement has been reached for smart vehicle manufacturer, EasyMile to use Velodyne lidar sensors for future improvements to the EZ10 autonomous passenger shuttle. The driverless shuttle vehicles are already in use on both public and private roads in over 30 countries.
Electric as well as driverless, the EZ10 shuttle was the one of the first autonomous shuttles launched in April 2015. It has a track record of over 200 deployments and more than 600,000 km driven in autonomous mode and one of the most advanced currently available. The shuttle, which has capacity for up to 15 passengers, includes a built-in automated electric ramp to support accessibility for people with disabilities.
“For precise navigation in real time, the EZ10s use our algorithm that fuses data from a variety of perception sensors, including lidar and camera, and localisation sensors, including GPS, INS and odometry. Velodyne lidars along with radar scan for objects, vehicles, animals and people that might pose a collision threat, feeding that information to the vehicle’s control software,” explained Olivier Pairot, EasyMile’s Director of Product Marketing. “By using Velodyne sensors, we are able to best gather information on every part of our environment, both close to the vehicle and at longer ranges.”
“Velodyne’s high performance lidar technology is a key component in enabling our autonomous vehicles to deliver smart mobility in urban, suburban and private environments,” said Benoit Perrin, Managing Director and COO, EasyMile. “Velodyne’s sensors have the reliability, quality and production scale we are looking for to continue to grow our fleet worldwide.”
“The EasyMile EZ10 is a shared, inclusive driverless shuttle that improves public transport by connecting hubs and in many cases, delivers a transport service where there otherwise wasn’t one available,” said Erich Smidt, Executive Director Europe, Velodyne Lidar. “These shuttles show how Velodyne lidar sensors provide real-time perception data that enables safe and reliable operation for autonomous vehicles across business parks, public transport connections, university campuses and more.”
Velodyne’s sensors are optimised for outstanding indoor and outdoor performance, operating in a variety of light conditions. By combining high-resolution 3D perception with a broad vertical field of view, they can accurately detect a variety of objects.
For the future, as autonomous motoring goes beyond the realms of shuttle services, the experience gained in using Lidar and radar for such applications is helping to ensure precise and safe navigation in challenging environments.