On 13th September, EasyMile and the municipality of Ooststellingwerf started a pilot project in Appelscha, Netherlands, as a first step to bring a solution to keep small villages and rural areas accessible and liveable. The project will also look into moving people to and from a transport hub (train or bus station), healthcare facilities, as well as leisure or tourist attractions.
The pilot project in Appelcha will feature an EZ10 driverless shuttle moving along a 1850 meters segregated lane that is shared with cyclists and pedestrians. The EZ10 will be transporting people along the route with 3 stops in between.
The north of The Netherlands see this pilot project as a start of many more similar ones in the next couple of years. The pilot in Appelscha will also be a good opportunity to learn more about autonomous transportation systems in terms of legislation and how drivers and cyclists react to autonomous vehicles.
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