Researchers hope to build a driverless shuttle that can withstand Edmonton winters

Winter roads pose dangerous conditions for even best the drivers and vehicles. But what about vehicles that don’t have drivers at all?

This fall, the City of Edmonton will pilot an electric autonomous shuttle to learn how a driverless vehicle fares not only on city streets, but in cold and snowy conditions.

Supervised by staff from Pacific Western Transportation (PWT) and studied by researchers at the University of Alberta, the pilot will give city officials and academics a first glimpse of what driverless transportation in Edmonton could look like.

As a winter city, Edmonton offers researchers a unique test site to study how a self-driving vehicle manages harsh winter conditions, and all the obstacles that come with the season.