Together with our partners, we are looking for new, smart forms of mobility and putting them into practice.
Together with our partners, we are looking at new, smart forms of mobility, and by means of our learning by doing concept, we are really implementing these. It is important to connect governments, companies and academia in order to be able to test, learn, optimize and ultimately roll out more widely together.
The future of mobility
The self-driving (commercial) vehicle and shuttle have been in the news many times in recent years. On the one hand because of the developments that large manufacturers are doing, and on the other hand because of the tests that are being carried out all over the world. A street scene with self-driving vehicles – is that still a dream or is it becoming more and more a reality? The challenges we are working on are safely increasing the speed, setup of control rooms and driving without a steward (within the experimental law).
As far as we are concerned, the future of mobility is also imminent and can already be realised today and be used as solutions for today’s problems (e.g. traffic safety, accessibility, economy and living environment). By means of these new forms of mobility, we can increase aspects such as efficiency, safety and sustainability, while at the same time tackling the problems of today in a future-proof manner. Together with our partners, we test new forms of mobility (e.g. automated shuttles, shared cars, PLEVs, etc.) and implement these. Our approach connects governments, companies and knowledge institutions together so that we can research, test, try and learn. We have already passed the test in a number of regions in the Netherlands. Together with our public transport partners HTM and Arriva, we are organising and implementing the operation of automatic shuttles in addition to regular public transport (also known as ‘last mile’ solutions).
Last mile solutions
The implementations of the last mile solutions take place at locations and routes with a lack of transport facilities, such as airports, hospitals, industrial estates, port areas, campuses, tourist locations or events, and in particular he “first and last mile”, as people’s greatest pain is that these types of locations are difficult to reach, resulting in the collective public transport losing out to the individual car. By making this first and last mile easily accessible with a self-driving shuttle, we hope to strengthen these more sustainable variants of mobility and make them more attractive. This can be done as an independent line or as part of a mobility hub with other solutions such as shared cars, e-scooters or scooters.
New technologies cost money and gaining experience takes time. Nevertheless, the implementation and acceleration of the introduction of automated minibuses in the Netherlands does not have to take long or be expensive. By linking different use cases (on a regional and national level through the pooling of forces) and by obtaining economies of scale on this basis. In this way, together with you and our network, we can quickly and efficiently deploy automated minibuses at several strategic locations in the Netherlands to improve accessibility, safety and sustainability.