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Autonomous Shuttle Rides in Civic Plaza

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Autonomous Shuttle Rides in Civic Plaza

Civic Plaza, City Hall

Feb. 1-4, 9-10, 13-17


Rides take approx. 5 minutes


Business Kids and Family Recreation and Sport Seniors Youth

City Centre


Presented by:

City of Surrey, City of Vancouver, and Pacific Western Transportation

Experience ELA: The Autonomous Shuttle

The future of driving is coming to Surrey! If you’ve been wondering what it’s like to ride in an autonomous vehicle, here is your chance to be one of the first people to experience the self-driving shuttle ride in Surrey.

Rides will be offered at the Surrey Civic Plaza on February 1-4 and 13-17 between 10am and 4pm. Rides take approximately five minutes and can accommodate wheelchairs, scooters, and strollers.

You can book a ride online to skip the lineup, or simply show up during times when rides are offered!

Book Online

Note: You will be re-directed to ELA’s booking site, which is hosted in the United States. Any information gathered during your visit to this site will be transmitted and stored outside Canada. If you are unable or do not wish to register via ELA’s website, please visit the shuttle site in person during operating hours to find a ride time.

Meet ELA

It may look like it’s something straight out of the future, but ELA – The EZ10 Autonomous Shuttle is already being used in several countries around the world.

ELA – short for ELectric Automation – is a fully-accessible, 100% electric vehicle with a battery life of up to 14 hours. It holds up to 12 passengers and will travel at about 12 km/h during the demo but has a maximum travelling speed of 40 km/h.

During the demos, the shuttle will be separated from traffic to ensure public safety.

A trained operator will be on board to stop the vehicle if needed.

What is an autonomous shuttle?

An autonomous shuttle is a self-driving vehicle that uses a combination of sensors, video cameras, and computers to understand its surroundings.

Autonomous vehicles are anticipated to eliminate one of the leading contributors to collisions – human error. This can improve safety, enhance sustainability, and reduce congestion on busy corridors.

Smart mobility in action

Autonomous driverless shuttles are one of the main components of the City of Surrey and the City of Vancouver’s Smart Cities Challenge bid to create Canada’s first two collision-free multimodal corridors using smart mobility technologies.

With smart mobility technologies like autonomous shuttles on the go, we create safer, greener, healthier, more connected communities in Surrey.

This is the first time that self-driving vehicles are being considered for large-scale use in the Lower Mainland. Together, Surrey and Vancouver are setting the standard for other cities in Canada to follow our lead on smarter streets.