Autonomous shuttle in mixed traffic launched

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An EasyMile EZ10 vehicle was exhibited by Alstom at the recent Busworld Europe exhibition at Kortrijk. GARETH EVANS

FRANCE The first autonomous shuttle service operating in mixed traffic in France has been launched in the Parc Icade d’Orly-Rungis, Paris, benefiting 18,000 employees of 220 companies. Using two EasyMile EZ10 vehicles each capable of carrying 12 people, it runs on a 1.2km route connecting the business park with Augusta, Robert Schuman and Gustave Eiffel stations on an eight minute frequency until the end of the year.

An important part of the trial for operator Transdev is collecting feedback from users, analysing how acceptable they find the service, and how it could possibly be improved. It is in-line with the company’s vision of developing autonomous transports for the future that will be PACE – Custom, Autonomous, Connected and Electrical.

The trial is one of the projects in the ‘smart city territorial demonstrators’ programme launched in 2016 by the Caisse des Dépôts Group.

This initiative, conducted in partnership with local communities, aims to explore smart solutions that will enable territories to meet the challenges of tomorrow.