€22M AVENUE program will test autonomous transit for social, economic impacts
San Francisco – USA, Lausanne – Switzerland, May 16, 2018 – Bestmile, the leading mobility platform that enables service providers to manage, operate and optimize autonomous vehicle fleets, today announced that the company was selected as part of a team that will oversee the European Union’s AVENUE project to test autonomous vehicle use with public transit agencies in multiple European cities.
The €22M four-year project, called Autonomous Vehicles to Evolve to a New Urban Experience (AVENUE) will be led by the University of Geneva and features 16 partners including academic institutions, public transport operators, autonomous vehicle manufacturers, major technology R&D companies and specialized start-ups.
Bestmile’s Mobility Services Platform will be used to manage fleet services, enabling operators to plan routes and stops for fixed-routes and to match vehicles with travelers for on-demand services.
“Our mobility services experience managing autonomous fleets will be very useful in Geneva,” said Anne Mellano, co-founder of the company and head of operations. “This project will go further to show how new mobility services can work with existing transit systems, helping operators to make transportation more efficient and sustainable, while growing ridership and improving the quality of life in metropolitan areas.”
While much of the new mobility services world is focused on autonomous vehicles, Bestmile has concentrated on building a services infrastructure that enables fleets of vehicles to work together to streamline transit, working with public transit agencies to expand services into new areas and to remove first-mile/last-mile obstacles to public transit utilization.
The project will roll out in three phases beginning in underserved areas of suburban Geneva and will provide connectivity with public transit. Other cities that will be part of the project include Copenhagen, Lyon, Luxembourg, and three other cities to be named.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 769033. More information about the AVENUE project can be found at Horizon 2020.
About BestmileBestmile empowers mobility providers to deploy, manage and optimize autonomous and human-driven vehicle fleets, supporting fixed-route and on-demand services, regardless of the vehicle brand or type. Bestmile’s mobility platform allows operators to support multi-modal, multi-service offerings in a safe and efficient manner by integrating autonomous vehicles in the existing transportation ecosystem. Bestmile’s autonomous mobility service platform is being used daily in shared electric autonomous vehicles in pedestrian areas and public roads. Incorporated in 2014, Bestmile has global offices in San Francisco (USA) and Lausanne (Switzerland). For more information, visit www.bestmile.com.