The autonomous driving, technology company EasyMile has become the first driverless solutions provider in Europe authorised to operate at Level 4, without any human attendant onboard, in mixed traffic on a public road.
France’s Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Ecological Transition made the authorisation, on advice of the Minister of the Interior and local authorities, for Easymile’s service at the Oncopole medical campus in Toulouse.
“Showing the level of maturity of EasyMile and its technology, it came in a decree on 29 June 2021, ahead of the implementation of the final regulatory framework allowing the circulation of autonomous vehicles on public roads in France, starting in September 2022,” the company said in a statement. “EasyMile passed rigorous tests and dry-runs, demonstrating the safety and reliability of the technology. “
EasyMile calls this “a major advance” not only for itself but also for the wider industry, “validating the scalability of its technology and positioning the provider as a forerunner”.
“This is an important step towards real commercialisation of autonomous driving, both on large private sites, as well as on public roads,” said EasyMile’s General Manager Benoit Perrin. “The applications for our technology to move people and goods continue to grow, especially in locations like campuses, business parks, industrial sites, and master planned communities.”
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