The newly launched Digital Solutions team at HDI Global SE is pleased to announce its first partnership within the autonomous technology segment. The partnership with Smartcone Technologies Inc. and its AV operations subsidiary AutoGuardian, relates to two separate

low-speed autonomous shuttle projects due to commence road testing in the coming months.  The Whitby Autonomous Vehicle Electric shuttle – WAVE – is an upcoming Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network (AVIN) trial supported by the Government of Ontario via the AVIN R&D Partnership Fund, the Town of Whitby, Region of Durham, Durham Region Transit (DRT) and Metrolinx. It will transport passengers in a Local Motors zero-emission electric autonomous shuttle called Olli 1.0. The trial will operate 7 days per week and have only a minor variation between weekday and weekend hours. The journey will start and end its fixed loop route at the Whitby GO station and make several stops around Port Whitby. The self-driving shuttle is due to be tested on Whitby streets shortly, followed by tests including public passengers later this year. The trial also integrates with cutting-edge smart infrastructure along the route promoting safer roads for pedestrians, cyclists, transit passengers and other road users.

The West Rouge Automated Shuttle trial, a partnership between The City of Toronto, Toronto Transit Commission and Metrolinx, will use the Local Motors Olli 2.0, also a zero-emissions electric automated shuttle. This shuttle will start from Rouge Hill GO Station and run a fixed-route loop making stops in the neighbourhood, at the West Rouge Community Center and Rouge National Urban Park. The schedule will be tailored to connect riders to and from peak period GO Trains. Local residents will begin to see the automated vehicle conducting on-road testing in September, with passenger services beginning later in the fall.