What is the Autonomous Shuttle Pilot Project in Beaumont?

The City of Beaumont is Canada’s first city to pilot an autonomous electric shuttle within mixed traffic use in its community under a six-month pilot project in partnership with Pacific Western Transportation (PWT) and its Electric Autonomous (ELA) shuttle. It will be the first time ELA will be fully integrated with traffic, traffic technology and pedestrians. The six-month pilot from May through October will be an approximate 1 kilometre route travelling north and south on the east lane of 50th Street. CLICK HERE for the pilot project map.

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1. What is the Autonomous Shuttle Pilot Project in Beaumont?
2. Why is the City of Beaumont interested in electric autonomous vehicle technology?
3. Why was the City of Beaumont interested in this autonomous shuttle pilot project?
4. But there have been other ELA deployments in Canada. What makes the deployment in Beaumont a first in Canada?
5. Will our residential property taxes increase due to this pilot project?
6. Is there a possibility of ELA becoming a permanent public transportation option in Beaumont?
7. How does this pilot project benefit the City of Beaumont and its residents?
8. Are there other benefits this pilot project provides to the region and beyond?
9. Was there a cost to the City of Beaumont for this pilot project?
10. Why was public engagement not conducted before this pilot project was approved by the Council?
11. What happens after the six-month pilot project?