Quietly going about business
Robot shuttle is well-established, serving Europe for decades
MEET the EZ10, a driverless shuttle that is quietly — literally — humming about its business in Spain, Switzerland and France.
Built by EasyMile, a joint venture between Ligier Group and Singaporebased Robosoft, the EZ10 is an electric shuttle designed to cover short distances on predefined routes.
On EasyMile’s website, the two companies’ expertise is listed as light-weight vehicle production process in the case of the French company Ligier, and robot assembly in the case of Robosoft.
Founded in 1971 and with a background in motor racing, including 20 years in Formula 1, Ligier is the second largest European microcar provider and has been building electric vehicles since 2008.
Robosoft’s robots have been working in hospitals and military applications for over 30 years, but more importantly, its robot trams have also safely transported over 1,5 million people in European recreation parks.
The EZ10 combines all this expertise in an electric people mover that can transport up to 12 people, with six of them seated.
Running on “virtual tracks”, the shuttle has no steering wheel, or a front or back. A lithium-ion battery pack can power the shuttle at 20 km/m for about 50 km, depending on the terrain, for about eight hours. The virtual tracks the EZ10 runs on can be easily configured using GPS to accommodate new deliva ery points or timetables, and EasyMile says the system has been defended against hackers.
The EZ10 uses vision, laser and differential GPS to avoid collisions and technical failures.
Fleet management software enables the remote and real-time monitoring and control of the fleet of EZ10 shuttles.
The EasyMile JV will arrive next in the Gardens by the Bay park in Singapore, with a pilot running during December and roll-out commencing next year.
“Robosoft’s robots have been working in hospitals and military applications for over 30 years.”
The EZ10, a driverless shuttle.