IDPOW

We are investigating the possibility to solve part of the accessibility problem in the region by means of finely meshed transport by water.

Autonoom varen, docking systeem

IDPOW stands for Innovative Demand-driven Passenger Transport Over Water. Commissioned by the Drechtsteden region and in cooperation with Rebel, we are investigating the possibility to solve part of the accessibility problem in the region by means of finely meshed transport by water. This additional network of small, on-demand controlled (autonomous) boats will improve the accessibility of the region by, on the one hand, connecting companies to other modalities via water, but also by offering an alternative to the car to spare the road network.

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What we do

In this project the use case, system characteristics, infrastructure and the business case were first examined by means of a feasibility study. In this study, available (and developing) innovations in the field of small-scale passenger transport by water were charted. The next phase consists of developing an implementation plan. During the development of the implementation plan, the four steps will be worked out in detail. Subsequently, a recommendation will be given based on the various steps. On the basis of this advice, choices can be made for the further implementation of the project, such as: which technology and vehicle supplier(s) to approach, which infrastructural changes are required, which route has the greatest added value, and which agreements need to be made regarding safety, etc. A link will also be made with (scientific) research lines and possible subsidy schemes will be charted.

Why we do it

Due to the activity and the growth of tourism, the accessibility of the region is under pressure. Moreover, major maintenance of the N3 motorway (also known as the Dordrecht ring road) between 2020 and 2022 will lead to ‘major inconvenience’, according to the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management. In order to maintain – and if possible improve – the accessibility of businesses in the region, the Drechtsteden have investigated whether innovative demand-driven Passenger Transport on Water (IDPOW) can contribute to this.

Result

Together with the client, we are now looking at whether the actual funding for the project can be completed, including a Letter of Intent linked to it.

Client

Region Drechtsteden

Partners

Autonoom varen, docking systeem
Autonomous water taxi

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