Visitors to Smart City Wallonia in the Belgian city of March-enFamenne were able to experience a first-of-its-kind autonomous mobility service—a fleet featuring vehicles made by two different manufacturers. On September 24, 2019, Wallonia held its fourth smart city showcase, and included will be the opportunity to ride in autonomous shuttles made by EasyMile and Navya, managed by the vehicle agnostic Bestmile Fleet Orchestration Platform.
The project was the work of the Vias Institute, Belgium’s road safety agency, in collaboration with the country’s Federal Public Service Mobility and Transport. According to the organizers, it was “a world first: the coordination of the Navya shuttle and that of EasyMile within the same fleet.” The Bestmile Platform served “the function of control tower” and adapted the frequency of passage of the shuttles at a distance, taking into account the number of passengers and the travel time of the vehicles.
The Federal Minister of Mobility, Françios Bellot, was on hand to celebrate the achievement.
“This demonstration proves that our Platform is truly vehicle agnostic,” said Bestmile CEO Raphael Gindrat. “It is important for mobility to be able to offer services using multiple types and brands and not be tied to a single provider.”
The Bestmile Fleet Orchestration Platform transforms connected vehicles into intelligent, coordinated fleets that match travelers and vehicles with algorithmic efficiency. It is the only solution of its kind that supports autonomous and human-driven vehicles of any brand, on-demand and scheduled services, multimodal integration, and that delivers predictable service levels for travelers and operators.
For more information: http://www.smartcitywallonia.be/infos-pratiques-4