On 16 April 2020, a knowledge session was held regarding the evaluation of the automatic driving pilot that took place in Drimmelen. In the summer of 2019 an automatic shuttle was implemented in Drimmelen on a special route. This was the first time that a full ‘mixed traffic’ situation was driven by an automated shuttle in The Netherlands. In the area around the marina they ‘just’ participated in the traffic with the shuttle, where even a roundabout was successfully navigated.
The municipality of Drimmelen covers a large area with several residential areas and the municipality would like to continue to facilitate transport between the residential areas. This tourist attraction on the edge of the Biesbosch came into contact with automatic transport through an enthusiastic councillor and alderman, and it is from this enthusiasm that this project originated.
From the Province of Noord-Brabant we were asked if we wanted to organize this online session as part of the national joining of forces Shuttles and PODs. The aim of the session was to share the experiences gained in Drimmelen with the automatic shuttle and the research.
The session was attended by 30 people, consisting of representatives of provinces, municipalities and companies from all over the Netherlands. During the session, the following topics were discussed:
- Reception by Paul Beavers (Province of Noord-Brabant)
- Reason for the project by Bas Scholten (Province of Noord-Brabant)
- Substantive explanation of the evaluation and its results by Joop Veenis (Future Mobility Network)
- Substantive explanation of the research questions and results by Arjan van Binsbergen (TU Delft)
- Incident discussed by eyewitness Jan Willem v/d Wiel (Spring Innovation) and Pieter v/d Stoep (RDW)