The AVENUE project
H2020 AVENUE Project
Autonomous vehicles promise to be the next revolution in transportation, changing drastically how people move and make use of transport vehicles. Autonomous vehicle transportation will have an even higher impact and provide more services when used in the framework of public transport services, where they should find their first users in suburban areas that are less well served by traditional transportation networks.
In AVENUE’s vision of the future of public transportation in urban and suburban environments, autonomous vehicles will revolutionize the way citizens use public transportation by making time-tables and fixed bus stops obsolete and by offering a service that will allow passengers to call and hop a ride at any time, for example at their doorstep, and deposit them as close as possible to their destination.
Towards this vision and with demonstrators implemented for 4 years (with a 6-month extension) in various countries (France, Denmark, Luxembourg, Norway and Switzerland), the AVENUE project validated the advantages that autonomous vehicles have to offer to public transportation, linked with new innovative passenger service and guaranteeing road and passenger safety. It also identified the issues, barriers, societal changes and economic consequences of the introduction of autonomous vehicles into the public transportation services’ offer.