Geneva Public Transport (TPG) today announced its first autonomous vehicle service, adding autonomous shuttles to the XA line in the municipality of Meyrin on the TPG network. The line is now served by electric autonomous shuttles—the first autonomous vehicles used in the TPG public network. Bestmile is providing the Mobility Services Platform used to configure and manage the service.
The deployment demonstrates an important step in the field of sustainable mobility, State Councilor for Infrastructure Serge Dal Busco said in a statement.
The new autonomous vehicle operates Monday through Saturday on a 2.1 kilometers route that includes three stops, connecting three tram lines with the Meyrin train station for a first/last-mile solution.
The route makes the entire Swiss federal railway network much more accessible to residents and workers in Meyrin. The schedule of the new XA line is available on a special TPG XA dedicated mobile app as well on the TPG’s application and the website.
The shuttle used for the route is manufactured by Navya, and carries 11. A TPG operator is always on board to supervise the operation of the vehicles. Bestmile’s Mobility Services Platform communicates with the Navya shuttles to manage the service.
The Meyrin shuttle is a first step in bringing new mobility services to Geneva, according to Denis Berdoz, TPG’s general director. The vehicle was acquired in 2017, and TPG received official authorization to operate on public roads in June of 2018. The experience acquired running the XA line will be used in the project framework of the EU’s AVENUE consortium, led by the University of Geneva. The goal of this consortium, which includes 16 partners including TPG, the State of Geneva, and Bestmile is to prepare the technical, economic and legislative integration of full fleets of autonomous vehicles in European cities.
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 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.