Aurrigo has teamed with the Ottawa L5, powered by Invest Ottawa and the Kanata North Business Association, to give more than 350 local people the opportunity to ride in two of its Pod Zero autonomous vehicles at the Marches Golf Club in Ottawa. Over the course of three days, community members traveled across a complex route that includes hills, a tunnel, narrow tree covered bridges, and many twists and turns.

The UK-based company worked with local technology companies to create a safe environment for the pods. Feedback from the trial is being collated by Aurrigo and Transport Canada to enhance user experience and support continued connected and autonomous vehicle policy research.

David Keene, CEO of Aurrigo, said, “Ottawa L5 was one of the early adopters of our Pod Zero technology and, over the last 18 months, we have developed a strategic relationship that truly leverages our respective strengths. The trial at Marches Golf Club in Ottawa is the first public trial we have completed in Canada, and the response was fantastic with all the ride places filled and plenty of user comments on how we can refine our autonomous offer even further.

“Our pods represent impactful first- and last-mile transport solutions with deployment opportunities in a commercial, leisure, education, or retail environment. There’s a really strong supply chain in Ottawa that can help support our roll-out in this area and other Canadian cities.”

Ottawa L5’s Ride the Pod trial, which was supported by KRP Properties and the Brookstreet Hotel, had a strong focus on safety, with the Aurrigo engineering team contributing to the pilot project design, testing/implementation, and overseeing the operation of the Pod Zero.

Two information centers were established by Invest Ottawa and Kanata North Business Association to provide community members with an overview of the project and connected and autonomous vehicles more broadly.

“Building on our strong public-private sector collaboration, this Ottawa L5 pod pilot project further strengthens Ottawa’s capabilities as Canada’s CAV Capital and directly supports the safe implementation of CAVs,” said Michael Tremblay, President and CEO of Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards.