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HE MOMENTUM OF THE AUTONOmous
vehicle revolution continues to
roll through North America. As transit
authorities create plans for designing
and integrating their own unique mix of
current and new mobility solutions,
autonomous shuttles are blazing the
way as the newest mode in deployments
of various types.
Transdev has multiple autonomous
shuttle deployments, following our
philosophy that it is best to start small,
learn fast and scale smart. Implementing
groundbreaking technology creates
new challenges and issues that
makes continuous learning a critical
element of any AV shuttle program.
Working with our client in Gainesville,
Florida, our AV is running in
mixed traffi c, transporting students
from a large campus to downtown
and back. We are helping our client
understand if AVs can — as we believe
— truly supplement existing,
traditional transit choices.
In Jacksonville, Florida, we will help
our client explore if AVs can update an
expensive and bygone people-mover
infrastructure and off er equally sustainable
solutions. Th is pilot is interesting
because it transforms a fi xed
route raised track system into a more
fl exible system that leaves the confi nes
of the infrastructure to circulate into
neighborhoods and business parks,
expanding the footprint of the service.
Near Fort Myers, in Babcock
Ranch, we will see if AVs are ready to
handle the full mobility needs of a town
of 50,000 residents, connecting people
to destinations within the community
and even delivering packages utilizing
AV technology. Babcock Ranch hopes
to combine an autonomous network
with other forms of transportation,
creating a true Mobility as a Service
off ering to its residents.
In Rouen, France, we are conducting
an ambitious AV pilot with our client
and multiple partners, in which our
on-demand vehicles transport people
to and from key transit hubs, in mixed
traffi c along three distinct loops.
We are putting the technology in
place to succeed in small-use cases, while
learning and preparing to expand service
intelligently, while taking into account
feedback from all users and stakeholders.
We are reconfi guring, expanding and
modifying multiple dimensions based on
the feedback of operations, tech and marketing
teams, plus vehicle manufacturers,
and passengers. Our experience thus far
has taught us some valuable lessons.
Read the lessons at MassTransitmag.com/12418790
Lombard, Ill. Yann Leriche
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