By Tony Lopez

WEST SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The City of West Sacramento is “kicking the tires” on a driverless shuttle bus.

On Tuesday, city officials and the makers of Transdev, an autonomous vehicle company, showed how the bus would work.

The EZ-10, as it’s called, is described as a train but with virtual tracks.

The route is programmed in and off you go.

City officials are looking at the slow-moving vehicle — it goes between 8 and 15 miles an hour — as one possible way to help transport people to destinations along the riverfront. Each car holds a dozen people, six seated, six standing.

So, how does it run?

Dick Alexander, vice president of Transdev, tells CBS13, “It runs on a battery, The battery life is about 10 hours on it, depends on how hot of a day and how much air conditioning is being pushed through it.”

Each shuttle bus costs $200,000, and no final decision has been made on whether the City of West Sacramento will use them.

But Alexander’s sales pitch was impressive to many.

He goes on to say, “If you wanted a vehicle that’s going to run all day to move people point to point along a specific route like you have here along the riverfront, it’s pretty ideal to do that.”

Comments (3)
  1. Yeah? And what will keep uninsured illegals from hitting those? Sorry, just my cynical self

  2. They say that the self driving car will be better in some ways, and I think they may well be right. Humans lack the ability to concentrate for any real length of time, and repetitive tasks ease us into mindlessness. Computers can hold speed and distance with far more accuracy than a human, never gets bored or angry or drunk and can recognize patterns. The patterns are actually there in the highway code.

    My one question is this – Would the passengers be liable for any accidents? Would Google be liable? It seems like a mess. I have a good driving record and enjoy pretty cheap insurance rates ($25/month from Insurance Panda.. woohoo!). I also enjoy taking my car out for a spin and enjoying the ‘freedom’ of being able to drive anywhere. Will the driverless car allow all this? If not, I’ll have to pass.

    Who knows? Maybe insurance as we know it will go away, replaced by any number of models that would more accurately represent the new risk distribution.

  3. Sorry, the human touch is better than computers. There will situations that a computer will not anticipate. What if a criminal is shooting a gun into the self driving car, will the computer know to speed away or try to evade? How do you program to think and reason?

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