The AVENUE Project

Autonomous vehicles promise to be the next revolution in transportion, changing drastically how people move and make use of transportation vehicles. Autonomous vehicle transportion will have an even higher impact and provide more services when used in the frame of public transport services,where they should find their first users in suburban areas, which are less well served by traditional transportation networks.

In AVENUE’s vision for the future public transport in urban and sub-urban environments, autonomous vehicles will revolutionise the way citizens make of public transportation, making time-tables and fixed bus stop obsolete, and offering a service that will allow passengers to call and pick-up a ride at any time, at their doorstep and deposit them as close as possible to their destination.

Towars this vision and via 4 years' demonstrators in 4 European cities (Copenhagen, Geneva, Luyxembourg and Lyon), the AVENUE project aims, from one side, in validating the advantages that autonomous vehicles will offer to public transportation, linked with new innovative passenger service and guaranting road and passenger safety, while on the other side, identify the issues, barriers, societal changes and economic consequences of the introduction of autonomous vehicles in the public transportation services' offer.

Three Themes

AUTONOMOUS DRIVING

The first theme addresses security, fluidity of
traffic and ability to adapt to exceptional road
situations. At first, it will be studied only in limited
areas, whose environment has been previously
fully mapped.

OPTIMIZATION OF ITINERARIES

The second theme will optimize the vehicles
itineraries in a perspective of cost reduction and
user comfort. Passengers will be able to book
their trip from their smartphone, via a simple and
user-friendly application, offering different levels
of services.

IN- AND OUT- OF VEHICLE SERVICES

The third theme will focus on in and out of vehicle
services, such as augmented reality solutions on
vehicle windows, as well as assistance to meet
special needs' and less autonomous passengers,
such as children or seniors.

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