The shuttle will operate remotely on Rogers’ 5G network through a partnership agreement with the Toronto-based national carrier. It has a trip of 2.7 km around the main campus of the university.
Rogers notes that the driverless shuttle has remote control capabilities. The technology includes an integrated on-board sensor system providing vehicle intelligence and control as well as a suite of front, rear and side cameras providing a 360-degree view.
It also includes Active Remote Sensing and Light Ranging (LIDAR) systems used for object detection. In addition, there is a WATonoBus smartphone app to help passengers navigate the campus using the shuttle.
In addition, there is a modem on board which will communicate via the Rogers 5G network with a control center based on a research laboratory.
“We are thrilled not only with WATonoBus, but with what it stands for,” University of Waterloo President Feridun Hamdullahpu said in a statement.
“By marrying transformational research, infrastructure and a network of industry and government partnerships, we demonstrate that educational institutions will help shape the future – in this case, the convergence of public transport and smart urban mobility. “
Rogers partnered with the University of Waterloo in December 2019 to create a 5G smart campus.
Source : Rogers