Bestmile was selected to be a 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. The project is part of the EU’s Horizon 2020 Programme to promote projects focusing on smart energy systems and smart cities. 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.
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.
The AVENUE project will roll out in three phases beginning in underserved areas of European cities and will provide connectivity with public transit. Cities involved in the project include Geneva, Copenhagen, Lyon, Luxembourg, and three other cities to be named.
The goal of the project is “To pave the way for full scale introduction of disruptive door-to-door services and ‘mobility cloud’ strategies in urban transportation.”
Key objectives of the project include:
• Demonstrating on-demand public transport with fleets of 2-3 vehicles in each city
• Demonstrating AV shuttles in urban environments
• Eliminating the need for safety drivers in AVs
• Increasing the speed of vehicles and services
• The introduction of innovative services for passengers
• Exploring new models of AV buses
• Integrating with public transport systems
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