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Autonomous on-demand shuttles tested in Geneva, a milestone in a major European project coordinated by Prof. Konstantas

An important milestone in the AVENUE project has been reached with the approval by the authorities to launch a service of automated vehicles providing transport on demand in Geneva. “This will be a world first for a public service" explains Professor Dimitri Konstantas, coordinator of this vast European project, which is being carried out over four years in four European cities (Geneva, Copenhagen, Luxembourg and Lyon). The aim of the project is to develop a new generation of on-demand transport services, requested via an application to transport the customer from door to door.

Next revolution in transportation …

Autonomous vehicles promise to be the next revolution in transportation, changing drastically how people move and make use of transport vehicles. The researchers involved in the project emphasize that autonomous vehicles will revolutionize the way citizens use public transportation, by making time-tables and fixed bus stop obsolete, and by offering a service that will allow passengers to call and hop a ride at any time, at their doorstep for example, and deposit them as close as possible to their destination.

… tested in Geneva

By testing this summer two shuttles on the Belle-Idée hospital site, the project team aims to identify the needs and motivations of future users, address technological challenges, update legislation regarding the use of automated vehicles, and develop economic models capable of making this new mode of transport viable, thus contributing to the development of sustainable urban mobility plans.

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July 3, 2020
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