European project CityMobil2 on EPFL campus: Bestmile launches in the presence of Simonetta Sommaruga and François Hollande an autonomous shuttle system managed remotely and in real time by its fleet management software.
The EPFL campus hosts from April 16th to June 30th 2015 a fleet of six autonomous vehicles as part of the European project CityMobil2. The CityMobil2 project aims to complement the existing public transport solutions by providing innovative solutions answering the “last mile” problematic.
The project was inaugurated on April 16th at EPFL in the presence of Simonetta Sommaruga, president of the Swiss Confederation and François Hollande, President of France.
Founded in February 2014, and based at the EPFL Innovation Park, Bestmile develops a fleet management software allowing to shape these driverless vehicles into a safe and efficient public transport system. The software allows the design of trajectories, schedules as well as the dimensioning of an autonomous transport system. Once the vehicles are in operation, the software acts as a brain optimizing in real-time the movement of each shuttle and remotely managing timetables, delays, crossing and alerting operations personnel in case of need. Additionally the software provides reporting tools allowing detailed information on the system’s overall performance.
The CityMobil2 demonstration marks the first milestone in the development of the software: the successful operation of this project is an important step towards the commercialisation of Bestmile’s technology.
In parallel, Bestmile will be working on the development of an on-demand system allowing users to request a shuttle directly from their smartphone.
The autonomous shuttles, able to transport 10 people at a time, are supplied by the French company EasyMile, born from a joint venture between the manufacturer Ligier and the robotics company Robosoft.
From Monday to Friday, the autonomous vehicles will serve the EPFL campus, from the metro station to the Innovation Park, via the Rolex Learning Center. The service is free of charge and open for all. On board, no driver, but students who will take turns to provide passenger information.