Lausanne, CH is piloting AVs

The summer of 2015 witnessed both the potential and limits of electric-powered, driverless shuttles, as the EU-funded CityMobil2 program, built on earlier success in La Rochelle, France. When the six-vehicle fleet of EasyMile EZ-10 minibuses relocated to the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) Campus, a new on-demand app serviced more than 1,000 bookings during the test period in addition to regularly scheduled services. But a summer heat wave proved to be the EZ10’s biggest challenge. The shuttles required permanent air conditioning, a limitation that its batteries were not yet prepared for, severely limiting operations.

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