Transdev in collaboration to develop autonomous shuttles for public transport

By Maurice Garvey

THE operator of the Luas is working in collaboration with other companies to develop autonomous shuttles for public transport, reports Maurice Garvey.

Transdev Autonomous Transport System (ATS), part of Luas operator Transdev Group, along with mobility solutions manufacturer Mobileye, and private French firm Lohr Group, made the announcement this week.

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Mobileye features space for up to 16 people

The three companies will initially test vehicles on roadways in France and Israel, aiming to ready technology designs for production by 2022.

The companies expect to deploy self-driving i-Cristal shuttles in public transportation networks by 2023.

The collaboration will see the integration of Mobileye’s self-driving system into the i-Cristal electric shuttle, manufactured by Lohr Group, with plans to integrate it into public transportation services powered by fleets of self-driving shuttles across the globe, starting in Europe.

“Our collaboration with Transdev ATS and Lohr Group serves to grow Mobileye’s global footprint as the autonomous vehicle (AV) technology partner of choice for pioneers in the transportation industry,” said Johann Jungwirth, vice president of Mobility-as-a-Service at Mobileye.

“Mobileye, Transdev ATS and Lohr Group are shaping the future of shared autonomous mobility, and we look forward to bringing our self-driving solutions to regions all over the world.”

Patricia Villoslada, executive vice president of Transdev ATS said: “This collaboration will enable to deploy autonomous vehicles in public transportation networks at scale, thanks to the combination of the complementary cutting-edge technologies and strong industrial expertise of the three partners.”

The electric i-Cristal shuttle features space for up to 16 passengers and is fully accessible via a ramp. The shuttle can travel at speeds up to 50 kilometers per hour.

The objective is to allow self-driving technology to become a daily reality.

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