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The City is conducting one of the first electric autonomous vehicle pilot projects in Western Canada. We’ve partnered with Pacific Western Transportation (PWT) to bring the Electric Autonomous vehicle (ELA), to Edmonton. Our goal is to gather feedback from Edmontonians about Autonomous Vehicles and facilitate cold weather testing with the University of Alberta.

Edmontonians can experience riding in an autonomous vehicle and provide feedback about this new technology. Drop by to ride with ELA and fill out the survey to tell us what you think.

Operation of the vehicle is dependent on weather and vehicle maintenance. Please check to find out before you go to make sure that it is running.

Electric Autonomous Vehicle

Take a Ride and Tell Us What You Think!

Fill out the draw entry contact information at the end of the survey by Saturday December 8, 2018 to be entered to win a $500 gift card to Mountain Equipment Co-operative (MEC). See Contest Rules for more information.

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Route map for Louise McKinney Park location. Operating November 21-24.

Route map for Blatchford location. Operating October 9-16

Route map for Chappelle Gardens location. Operating October 17-21

Route map for Old Strathcona location. Operating October 22 - November 4

Traffic Disruptions

The following road closures and traffic disruptions will be in effect when the vehicle is operating.

Louise McKinney Park

Trail Closures

November 21-24

Closure of a portion of the shared use pathway immediately south of the parking lot in Louise McKinney Park.

For further information about road closures, trail closures and bus detours during the Grey Cup, visit or call 311.

For details about the Grey Cup game and festivities, visit


Blatchford Traffic Disruptions

Dates: There are no traffic impacts at the Blatchford location.
Location: 29 Airport Road NW
Parking: On-street parking is available. Please obey all posted signage.

Chappelle Gardens

Chappelle Gardens Traffic Disruptions

Dates: October 1-2 and 17-21
Times: Pedestrian access is restricted during the entire duration of the operation.
Location: 1059 Chappelle Boulevard SW
Parking: Parking is available next to the Chappelle Gardens Residents Association building. 

Trail Closures

October 1-2 and 17-21: Closure of the shared use pathway, south of 28 Avenue SW, and west of Chappelle Boulevard SW

Old Strathcona

Old Strathcona Traffic Disruptions

Dates: October 3-4 and October 22-November 4
Times: Traffic impacts are in effect 
Location: 104 Street (Northbound) from 83 Avenue to 85 Avenue and 84 Avenue from 104 Street to the alleyway east of 104 Street. 
Parking: Parking restrictions on the route will be in effect. Please obey all posted signage.

Neighbourhood Access

For October 3-4 and October 22-November 4 adjacent businesses including the Strathcona Branch of the Edmonton Public Library, Fringe Theatre Adventures and Knox Evangelical Free Church may require alternative parking. Plan ahead and expect delays.

Crossing the Route

Pedestrian and vehicle travel across the route will be restricted. Plan ahead and expect delays.

ETS Detours

Route 52 will detour and some bus stops will be closed during the Old Strathcona event:

  • October 3-4 and October 21-November 3: Bus stops #2632 (104 Street/82 Avenue northbound) and #2796 (103 Street/82 Avenue northbound) will be closed.
  • Use the temporary bus stops #2675 (104 Street/86 Avenue northbound) and #2849 (104 Street/81 Avenue northbound).

ETS customers are encouraged to leave extra travel time and plan ahead using the Trip Planner at

About the Project


Electric Autonomous Shuttle (ELA) will be one of the first Electric Autonomous Shuttle experiences open to the public in Canada. PWT (Pacific Western Transportation), in partnership with the City of Edmonton, will be showcasing the latest in Electric Autonomous Shuttle technology

ELA is manufactured by EasyMile, one of the leading autonomous vehicle technology companies with autonomous shuttles deployed in over 20 countries across Asia-Pacific, the Middle-East, North America, and Europe.

About ELA

  • Operates 100% autonomous and is powered by electricity
  • Can carry up to 12 passengers
  • Accessible to everyone with its built-in access ramp for mobility challenged passengers
  • Can operate on fixed or on-demand routes
  • Can operate on existing roadways with no additional infrastructure required
  • Supervised by a PWT operator


Autonomous vehicles are also known as driverless cars, self-driving cars, robotic cars or automated vehicles. A fully automated vehicle is capable of sensing its environment and navigating without human input. It can detect its surroundings using a variety of techniques, such as radar, GPS and computer vision.

Simple models based on Edmonton vehicle statistics suggest that if adoption is very rapid, fully automated vehicles could make up a large part of the vehicles on the road within 15 to 20 years. If the pace is slower, it could take 30+ years for fully automated vehicles to make up the majority of cars on Edmonton roads.

There are 6 levels of driving automation: 

  • Level 0: No automation, human driver monitors driving environment.
  • Level 1: Driver assistance, human driver monitors driving environment but some functions can be done automatically by the car, like steering or accelerating, for example.
  • Level 2: Partial automation, human driver monitors driving environment and must be ready to take control of the vehicle when necessary.
  • Level 3: Conditional automation, automated driving system monitors driving environment. Driver is present and can take over but is not required to monitor the car.
  • Level 4: High automation, automated driving system monitors driving environment. Vehicle performs all safety-critical functions and monitors the roadway, but does not cover every driving scenario.
  • Level 5: Full automation, automated driving system monitors driving environment. Does not require a human driver and car function is equal to that of a human driver.

GM, Ford and Tesla are working on automated cars. Tesla “Autopilot” is considered Level 2 automation.

Level 4 automated light-duty electric shuttles have been tested and implemented in parts of Europe, Japan and the US.

Level 5 automation (fully automated vehicles that don’t require a human driver) is not yet available, and is expected to emerge between 5 years and decades from now.

Level 4 automated vehicle technology performs all safety-critical functions and is currently available.

Predictions about when Level 5 automation will be available vary. Uber expects its entire fleet to be driverless by 2030.


The safety of Edmontonians is our top priority and we will work with Alberta Transportation to meet or exceed the requirements needed to ensure the pilot project operates safely.

The shuttles’ driverless technology comes with collision avoidance systems that detect other vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians and obstacles. It is also equipped with multiple safety features for braking, entry and exit of the vehicle.

To ensure public safety during the pilots, there will be a trained operator in the vehicle who is able to stop the vehicle at any point. The vehicle operates at a maximum of 12 km/h, is fully accessible and can hold up to a maximum of 12 persons including the operator (6 seated and 6 standing).


The pilot project will allow us to test 3 technologies:

  • Automation
  • Connectedness
  • Electrification

The shuttle will be tested at the University of Alberta on one of the City’s Active-Aurora connected test beds where it will be able to receive and send data to the connected vehicle technology. This pilot project will provide additional research opportunities for the Active-Aurora program including cold weather testing and cyber security. 

The City is currently a testing location for a research project called Active-Aurora. The project is led by the University of Alberta Centre for Smart Transportation and the University of British Columbia. It is the first of its kind in Canada and its purpose is to advance connected vehicle technology. Connected vehicles use wireless mobile devices to exchange information in real time with roadside equipment like traffic lights or message signs and with other vehicles. 

Our Partners and Sponsors

This innovative pilot project is brought to you by the City of Edmonton, our partners and our sponsors.

For More Information

311 Contact Centre

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In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

TTY 780-944-5555

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