Autonomous Shuttle Pilot

EZ10-Gen2- ELA
EZ 10 Driverless Shuttle

Meet ELA

ELA –short for Electric Autonomous. ELA is the first Electric Autonomous Shuttle experience open to our community and will be free to ride. This will be Canada’s first-ever pilot of an autonomous shuttle in mixed traffic use. Pacific Western Transportation (PWT), in partnership with the City of Beaumont, will showcase 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
  • Can board all passengers with built-in access ramp
  • Can operate on fixed or on-demand routes
  • Can operate on existing roadways with no additional infrastructure
  • Supervised by a PWT operator

We have categorized Frequently Asked Questions into the following categories.

If you have a question that is not addressed here, we welcome you to submit by emailing us at ELA@beaumont.ab.ca.

  1. Operational Update

July 11, 2019


June 22, 2019



ELA Beaumont Route Map - Phase 2 and 3

ELA Test Operation Route

The route is designed specifically for community engagement with the shuttle operating adjacent to one of the highest utilized walking paths in the city.

ELA will be boarding passengers at 4 points along the identified route:

Stop 1: Ken Nichol 

  • Boarding zone will be in front of the Ken Nichol Arena, on 50 Street, adjacent to the east side of the road travelling north.

Stop 2: City Hall - 50 Street and 55 Avenue traffic intersection

  • Boarding zone will be north of the intersection on the east side of the road.

Stop 3: 50 Street at the Home Hardware Pedestrian Crosswalk

  • Boarding zone will be north of the crosswalk ensuring visibility of both traffic and passengers disembarking ELA.

Stop 4: Coloniale Way

  • Boarding zone will be located on Coloniale Way, just east of 50 Street.

All boarding zones will be marked with signage to communicate authorized stop locations to passengers utilizing the service.

Safety is of the utmost concern during the operation of this pilot; the pilot site will be marked with signage indicating the Autonomous Vehicle trial is active and underway. ELA will be staffed with an operator to ensure adequate support for vehicle operations.


ELA Operational ScheduleTime*
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and MondayMorning Start Time : 11:30 AM-2:30 PM
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday
Afternoon Start Time : 3:30 PM-6:30 PM

*Timing is subject to change due to special events and inclement weather.

Phase 3 - Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I)

 This is the first time an Autonomous Vehicle (AV) has been integrated with such a complex traffic environment by using V2i in western Canada.

  • The AV will navigate in mixed traffic conditions on an 850 meters long route.
  • The AV will follow traffic instructions provided by the set of traffic lights in a variety of traffic intersections during both, Northbound/Southbound travel.
  •  A 4-way intersection crossing on the traffic light on 50 Street at 55 Avenue.
  • A pedestrian crossing on the pedestrian light on 50 Street at the Home Hardware mall exit.
  •  A “T” intersection crossing on the traffic light on 50 Street by the CIBC Mall exit.


Road infrastructure moving from analog to digital

As we leave behind the days when cruise control and assisted driving were the smartest operations the car could perform, we move into new levels of automation. Vehicle systems will take on more responsibility, and the role of the driver will diminish.

First and foremost, the infrastructure will need to support both human and machine vision. The roadway infrastructure must move from analog messages designed for human eyes to digital signals designed so technology in automated vehicles can interpret the surrounding environment and quickly respond. Digital infrastructure also adds layers of information and redundancies which increases the confidence of the vehicle to make critical driving decisions.

What is Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) communication?

Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) communication is the wireless exchange of data between vehicles and road infrastructure.

Enabled by a V2I system where communication is typically wireless and bi-directional: infrastructure components such as lane markings, road signs, and traffic lights can wirelessly provide information to the vehicle, and vice versa.

With so much data being captured and shared, data-rich, timely information can be used to enable a wide range of safety, mobility, and environmental benefits.

Innovative, intelligent infrastructure is needed to support V2I. There is a need for increased redundancies that help autonomous shuttle, cameras, and sensors more easily sense and decode rules of the road.

Here are just a few technologies that can be used to improve roadways, mobility, and safety.

Advanced Road Markings 

We need pavement markings that are visible to humans and autonomous shuttle in any road condition. Pavement lane markings work with automated vehicle sensors to detect lines outside the vision-based spectrum, improving lane detection and traffic safety in even the most extreme weather conditions.

Smart Visualization Signs

We also need directional signage that is visible to humans and machines in any road condition. Retroreflective signs provide better readability, which results in more accurate navigation and faster decision-making for both drivers and automated vehicle systems. Also, smart signs are compatible with traditional signage.

Wireless Communication

There is also a need for wireless communications that connect directly to vehicles, quickly helping identify construction zones and potential safety hazards, so vehicle mobility and traffic flow can improve.


Want to Ride With ELA? 

You can ride ELA for FREE and if you would like to plan and confirm the time please go to www.ridewithela.ca

For general enquiries or any other concerns -

Please call 780.929.8782 or email ELA@beaumont.ab.ca.

For all media enquiries contact -

Alana Yim

780.498.0870

alana@woodbridgecommunications.ca.

  1. About ELA
  2. Autonomous Vehicles
  3. Safety

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.

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