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University of Waterloo, Rogers Launch Canada’s First Self-Driving 5G Shuttle

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University of Waterloo and Rogers have just launched Canada’s first-ever driverless, autonomous shuttle, which will operate remotely over Rogers 5G network for transporting students and staff around the campus.

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Dubbed “WATonoBus,” the shuttle’s 5-stop, 2.7-kilometre journey around the Waterloo main campus, intersecting with the campus light rail transit stop, holds the potential to help reshape how entire communities move around their urban spaces.

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The shuttle features an integrated on-board sensor system providing vehicle intelligence and control, a suite of front, rear and side cameras providing a 360-degree view, light detection and ranging (LIDAR) active remote sensing systems used for detecting objects, and a WATonoBus smartphone app to help passengers navigate the campus using the shuttle.

“We are thrilled not only about WATonoBus, but what it represents,” said Feridun Hamdullahpur, president and vice-chancellor of the University of Waterloo. “By marrying transformational research, infrastructure and a network of industry and government partnerships, we are demonstrating that educational institutions will help shape the future – in this case, the convergence of public transportation and smart urban mobility.”

The demonstration of the shuttle by the research team is the first of its kind at a Canadian academic institution and marks a significant milestone in a multi-year initiative to demonstrate and integrate autonomous transportation onto the campus.

Before commencing operation as a regular service, the driverless shuttle system will require approval from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO).

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