Signing declaration of intent

Declaration of intent ESA ESTEC

A first step in actually realizing a pilot: signing a declaration of intent by all parties involved.

The province of South Holland, together with the municipalities of Noordwijk and Katwijk, ESA ESTEC, transporter Arriva, Future Mobility Network and Rebel Automated Shuttles wanted to start a pilot with self-driving minibuses (shuttles) in 2019. The shuttles will drive both on the ESA ESTEC site in Noordwijk (first phase) and on the public road between bus stop Schorpioen and ESA ESTEC (second phase). The pilot will last approximately two years. The first step has been taken towards the actual realization of the project: the signing of a declaration of intent by the parties involved. With this, the parties indicate that they are willing place their effort behind the project.


Alwin Bakker


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The area of ​​ESA ESTEC is favorable to gain learning experiences with a new technique, as it is possible to drive within a closed terrain and the roads outside the site are relatively clear. In addition, it is an environment where new technologies are easily embraced.

The pilot will use a “Learning by doing” approach, where the shuttles are first tested in the Research Lab Automated Driving in Delft. The result of the pilot is not an everyday bus transport system. It is an experimental transport system aimed at new experiences and answering learning questions. Do self-driving shuttles make the use of public transport more attractive? Does it offer travelers an easy and fast service in an innovative way? Can we gain experience with self-driving shuttles (both in terms of technology, operations and exploitation)? What is the potential for expansion? The learning experiences from the pilot are made publicly available.

With the pilot, the province wants to increase the accessibility of ESA ESTEC, test whether this type of technology is suitable for deployment in other places within the province, and develop knowledge in the field of self-driving vehicles and making public transport more efficient and more attractive . Deputy Floor Vermeulen: “In the future, self-driving shuttles can offer great added value to travelers. They can offer affordable extra services, for example for transporting to and from stops. ” In this test, specific attention will be paid to the transport of people with a motor or visual impairment by, among other things, setting up the vehicles accordingly.


This test is being carried out in collaboration with Dutch Automated Mobility, Arriva, Municipality of Noordwijk, Province of South Holland and ESA ESTEC.


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