Introducing the world’s first completely unattended public autonomous vehicle

20 February 2017  •  Author(s): Rachael Harper

From 2018, 2getthere’s ParkShuttle in the city of Capelle aan den Ijssel in the Netherlands, will be transformed into the world’s first unattended autonomous system operating on public roads.

With the help of a €4.25 million investment on behalf of the ‘Verkeersonderneming Rotterdam’ (a public-private partnership between the city of Rotterdam, MRDH, the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Port of Rotterdam), the new service will be able to transport more people to more places. 

Autonomous vehicles and the future of Capelle aan den Ijssel

This is part of a wider investment in transport for the area, with innovations including an electric bike sharing endeavour and a focus on intermodal transportation also planned.

In regards to the transformation and the future of transportation in the area, Dick van Sluis, Alderman Roads and Transit, City of Capelle aan den Ijssel, said: “The route of the ParkShuttle system [will be] extended to the base of the Van Brienenoordbridge where a connection to the waterbus will be realised. The investment is part of a regional investment program by the Metropolitan region and its first important step in assuming a leading role in the realisation of autonomous transit.

“In addition to the extension of the route, we will also commence an electric bike sharing scheme and create a seamless transition from car, bike, waterbus, ParkShuttle and metro. Driverless transit will be an integral part of the transportation chain and not just a ‘last mile’ solution for travel.”

Capelle aan den IJssel and 2getthere will conclude the provisional investment with ‘de Verkeersonderneming Rotterdam’ in the upcoming week, with the first work commencing before the end of the year.

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