A Business Park Goes Driverless with the Help of Laser and GPS Systems
Bishop Ranch, which lists GE and AT&T as tenants, is set to introduce EZ10 shuttles in 2016, the first of their kind in the United States
If a bus pulled up to your stop with no driver, would you get on? The Bishop Ranch business park in San Ramon, California, will add two driverless Easymile EZ10 shuttles to their campus next summer, the first such vehicles in the country.
Unlike conventional buses or shuttles, the EZ10 not only lacks a driver, it lacks controls of any kind—no steering wheel, no gas pedal, no brakes—just seating for up to 12 passengers. How is this possible?
Well, firstly, the EZ10 is not intended for the open road. Rather, it is a supplemental people-mover designed for enclosed traffic systems such as universities, transportation hubs, and large business parks. The vehicles cruise at around 10-15 miles per hour along pre-programmed routes known as “virtual tracks;” it can be made to stop at every station along the way or stop only when passengers request it.