The NHTSA said it had ordered Transdev North America to immediately stop transporting children from school in Florida in a shuttle without a driver, since the tests could put them at risk.

Tests of self-consumption of the school bus in Florida stopped due to the fear that children of school age are at an "inappropriate" risk

  • Regulators say the vehicle used in the tests was "illegal".
  • In March, the NHTSA granted permission to Transdev to import the shuttle without driver
  • However, it should be used for tests and demonstrations, not as a school bus.

Reuters

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it had ordered Transdev North America to immediately stop transporting children from the school in Florida in a shuttle without a driver, since the tests could put them at "inappropriate" risk.

The automotive safety agency known as NHTSA said in an order issued late on Friday that the use of Transdev from its EZ10 Generation II driverless shuttle in the Babcock Ranch community in southwest Florida was "illegal and violated the temporary authorization. of the company's import. "

"Innovation should not run the risk of public safety," NHTSA Deputy Administrator Heidi King said in a statement.

The NHTSA said it had ordered Transdev North America to immediately stop transporting children from school in Florida in a shuttle without a driver, since the tests could put them at an "inappropriate" risk.

THE BUSES EZ10

The EZ10 minibuses can carry up to six seated passengers and six standing passengers.

Like a subway, buses shuttle back and forth in a single lane of traffic.

Instead of a tram, the bus does not require infrastructure, but follows a virtual route that can be changed at any time.

Transdev said that in Florida the 12-person shuttle bus would operate from a designated pick-up area with a safety assistant on board, traveling at a maximum speed of 8 miles per hour (13 kph), with the potential to reach speeds of 30 mph (48 km / h) once the additional infrastructure was completed.

"The use of a test vehicle that does not meet the requirements to transport children is irresponsible, inappropriate and in direct violation of the terms of the test project approved by Transdev."

In March, NHTSA granted permission to Transdev to temporarily import the shuttle without a driver for testing and demonstration purposes, but not as a school bus.

The agency said the company had agreed to stop the tests. A Transdev spokeswoman did not respond to several requests for comments on Monday.

Transdev North America is a unit of Transdev, which is controlled by the French state investment fund Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations.

The company issued a press release in August saying it would operate the school transportation service starting this fall with a self-contained vehicle, the first in the world & # 39;

Transdev said the 12-person shuttle bus would operate from a designated pick-up area with an on-board safety assistant, who would travel at a maximum speed of 8 miles per hour (13 kph), with the potential to reach speeds of 30 mph. (48 kph) once the additional infrastructure is completed.

The EZ10 minibuses can carry up to six seated passengers and six standing passengers.

The EZ10 minibuses can carry up to six seated passengers and six standing passengers.

The EZ10 minibuses can carry up to six seated passengers and six standing passengers.

There are numerous low speed automatic shuttles that are being tested in cities around the United States and there are many others planned.

NHTSA said earlier it was moving forward with plans to revise safety rules that prohibit self-driving cars from roads without equipment, such as steering wheels, pedals and mirrors, while the agency works to advance vehicles without a driver. The agency has said it opposes proposals to demand "pre-approved" self-driving technologies before they are tested.

NHTSA told Transdev that failure to take appropriate measures could result in fines, the cancellation of the temporary import authorization or the export of the vehicle.

Earlier this month, the French service company Veolia agreed to sell its 30 percent stake in Transdev to the German group Rethmann.

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