Global Transit Organization Launches Effort to Put Public Transportation at the Center of New Mobility Services
San Francisco – USA, Lausanne – Switzerland, March 28, 2018 – Bestmile, the leading mobility platform that enables service providers to manage, operate and optimize autonomous vehicle fleets, announced its participation in the Union Internationale des Transports Publics (UITP) SPACE Program, an effort by 45 members from 18 countries to work together to put public transit at the center of the planning around autonomous mobility services.
UITP, the world’s largest transportation trade association, launched the Shared Personalised Autonomous Connected vEhicles (SPACE) program on March 23, 2018. While multiple public and private entities race to deploy autonomous vehicles (AVs), AVs should not only be “about introducing a new technology, but about benefiting from the technology to change our approach to mobility and our behaviors,” UITP secretary general Mohamed Mezghani said in a statement.
Bestmile is an enthusiastic partner in the SPACE program. The company has long said that the benefits of autonomous mobility don’t lie solely in autonomous vehicles, but in what they can offer when they’re operated and managed collectively in an integrated ecosystem. Bestmile technology enables vehicles of any brand or type to work together as fleets, with everything needed to launch standalone services or to integrate new mobility services seamlessly into a transit agency’s existing operating system.
“New mobility services have the potential to dramatically relieve congestion and pollution in cities by reducing or eliminating the need for single-occupancy vehicles for daily transportation,” said Luc Texier, sales director at Bestmile and the company’s representative for the program. “For this potential to be realized public transportation will need to be included in the mobility solutions that get travelers to their destinations efficiently as possible.”
The goals of the SPACE program are to create new operational concepts and business models and form a framework to enable AVs to safely operate in real mobility scenarios and to give members the right tools and knowledge to provide more efficient and better services.
The SPACE project will be divided into four working groups including:
- Connected and Autonomous Mobility
- Technical Reference Architecture
- Observatory & Experience Monitoring
- User Acceptance, Impact Assessment & Stakeholder Engagement
With 1,500 member organizations from 96 countries, the UITP is one of the few organizations with the breadth of membership to take on such an ambitious project.
Bestmile 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 system. 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 bestmile.com.