A pilot platform for automated road transport systems, which will be implemented in several urban environments across Europe will be set up.
Automated transport systems are made up of vehicles operating without a driver in collective mode. They are deemed to play a useful role in the transport mix as they can supply a good transport service (individual or collective) in areas of low or dispersed demand complementing the main public transport network. A dozen local authorities or equivalent sites are in the bidding to be one of the ﬁve sites to host a 6-month demonstration. All recognise the potential of vehicle automation as part of their public transport network. Two sets of six vehicles each for the demonstrations will be supplied by two of the ﬁve manufacturers within the project. The project will procure the vehicles and make them available to the selected pilot sites for the duration of the demonstrations.
In addition to the pilot activities, research will be undertaken into the technical, ﬁnancial, cultural, and behavioural aspects and effects on land use policies and how new systems can ﬁt into existing infrastructure in different cities. The legal issues surrounding automated transport will also be addressed leading to a proposed framework for certifying automated transport systems.
CityMobil2 was a project supported by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Development (FP7). Its total budget was €15.5 Million.
Evidence of success
Through the implementation of the project, the following results were achieved:
• An automated road transport service running for at least six months at five sites across Europe
• Guidelines to design and implement an automated transport system
• Improved understand of the interaction between automated vehicles and other road users
• A legal framework proposal for certifying automated road transport systems in Europe
• Showcases at numerous sites across Europe
• Technical specifications fo
Potential for learning or transfer
The project can be a good practice model for other cities / regions for the development of metropolitan areas as well as increasing mobility of residents and reducing pollution, based on the possibility of public automated transport (driver-less). Today CityMobil2 partners can teach any city how to safely implement last mile automated transport services.
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