Alstom invests in electric driverless shuttle company EasyMile
Posted: 19 January 2017 | Katie Sadler, Intelligent Transport | No comments yet
Alstom has invested €14 million in EasyMile, a start-up company currently developing electric driverless shuttles.
Alstom has acquired a minority stake in start-up company EasyMile, investing €14 million in the development of the EZ10 electric driverless shuttle. In addition, Alstom and EasyMile have signed a commercial partnership agreement which will see them join forces to provide integrated solutions for urban transportation.
EasyMile electric driverless shuttles designed for last mile journey
The EZ10 has been designed specifically to provide shared driverless transportation for the last mile. EasyMile electrical shuttles operate from a transport hub to a final destination within a precinct or confined area. EasyMile shuttles transport up to 12 passengers. Since April 2015, the EZ10 has been deployed in more than 50 sites in 14 countries in Asia, North-America, Middle-East and Europe.
“Alstom has decided to explore adjacent businesses, especially in the context of digitalisation”
Commenting on the investment, Bruno Marguet, Head of Strategy at Alstom said: “In the frame of its 2020 strategy, Alstom has decided to explore adjacent businesses, especially in the context of digitalisation. Through this investment, Alstom expands its knowledge into the driverless technologies and pursues its development in the growing field of smart mobility. We are confident in the success of the EZ10, already tested in different climates and conditions.”