Event: The 7th AVENUE General Meeting

On the 19th and the 26th of May 2021, the AVENUE consortium held the 7th General Meeting of the project on the Zoom video conferencing platform. This meeting was attended by all AVENUE consortium partners and includes the new partners representing the 2 new replicator sites “Sion” and “Esch-sur-Alesch” as well as the AVENUE advisory board.

The meeting covered the following topics:

  • Ongoing activities on the demonstrator sites with on-demand services
  • Integration the replicator sites (Sion and Esch-sur-Alesch)
  • Deployment and testing of the innovative in-and out of vehicle services
  • Data collection, legal issues, barriers, etc
  • Collection of the recommendations
  • Development the business plan considerations
  • Dissemination plans, activities and results

TV: RTS – Interview with Philippe Varone, President of Sion

On the 12th of May 2021, an interview with Mr Philippe Varone, the President of Sion, was broadcasted by the Swiss RTS TV channel. Mr Varone discussed joining of the Sion Replicator site to the AVENUE project and the future collaboration plans in this project

Event: AVENUE Presentation and Virtual Exhibition Stand @ EUCAD 2021

On the 22nd of April 2021 Prof. Dimitri Konstantas (AVENUE Coordinator) has presented the AVENUE project results at the third European Conference on Connected and Automated Driving (EUCAD 2021). The presentation was titled “Deployment of public transportation services with autonomous vehicles: Lessons learnt from the Belle-Idée site”

Furthermore, the AVENUE consortium has also organized a virtual exhibition stand presenting various results of the project.

Announcement: H2020 AVENUE deployment at the Belle-Idée pilot site in Geneva

The AVENUE Project is proud to announce the first world-wide deployment of on-demand, door-to-door Automated Shuttles for public transport services from TPG at the Geneva University Hospitals (HUG) Belle-Idée site with 78 virtual stops and 100% operator free

New scientific article: How to measure the impacts of shared automated electric vehicles on urban mobility

Abstract: How to measure the impacts of shared automated electric vehicles on urban mobility? A scientific article, published in “Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment”, presents findings from the AVENUE project and proposes a method to measure the impacts of Shared Automated Electric Vehicles on mobility through a sustainability assessment. The arrival of new technologies and innovations on mobility, such as automated vehicles, creates opportunities to tackle urban challenges. The evaluation of the impacts of these innovations on the mobility system requires a comprehensive set of criteria and parameters. This article proposes a method to measure the impacts of Shared Automated Electric Vehicles (SAEV) on mobility through a sustainability assessment. Based on an integrative literature study and on the context of AVENUE, a European project deploying automated shuttles in the public transport of European cities, a set of indicators is defined. These mobility indicators assess the social, environmental, economic, governance, and technical impacts of SAEV. The multiple dimensions of the mobility indicators contribute to filling gaps of knowledge about the performance of SAEV. The proposed method allows an evaluation and comparison of SAEV to other means of transport and thus strengthens scientifically based recommendations for transportation policies.How to measure the impacts of shared automated electric vehicles on urban mobility? A scientific article, published in “Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment”, presents findings from the AVENUE project and proposes a method to measure the impacts of Shared Automated Electric Vehicles on mobility through a sustainability assessment.

How to measure the impacts of shared automated electric vehicles on urban mobility
Eliane Horschutz Nemoto, Roukaya Issaoui, Dorien Korbee, Ines Jaroudi, Guy Fournier
Journal: Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment
Date: 18 March 2021, DOI: 10.1016/j.trd.2021.102766
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Annoucement: Two New AVENUE Replicator Sites

The AVENUE project is proud to welcome the two new AVENUE replicator sites at Uvrier-Sion and Esch-sur-Alzette, where the involved partners are launching regular on-demand poblic transport service with fully automated NAVYA mini-buses. The Uvrier-Sion replicator site will be run by PostAuto, HES-SO Valais and the City of Sion and the Esch-sur-Alzette replicator site will be run by the city of Esch-sur-Alzette and Sales-Lenz

Magazine: Mobilités Magazine – Changement d’échelle pour les navettes autonomes

Source: Mobilités Magazine n°46
Date: March 2021

What are public policy advances in EU for the faster launch of Automated Vehicles services in Public transport?
The AVENUE Project Scientific Coordinator Prof. D. Attias indicates the project’s advances & their potential for the future of services with autonomous shuttles

Want to learn about the public policy advances in Europe for the faster introduction of autonomous vehicle services in Public Transportation? In the Mobilités Magazine n°46, proposals of the removal of the safety-driver in tests with these vehicles from 2021 and the increase in operational speed to a maximum of 60km/h on certain roads are presented. The scientific coordinator of the AVENUE Project, Prof. Danielle ATTIAS, indicates the project’s proposals & advances along with their potential for the future of services with autonomous shuttles as a complement to public transportation. The new business models that can emerge through this market innovation are also being discussed.



Video: Deployment of autonomous mini-buses in Luxembourg, by Sales-Lentz

A video was created by Sales-Lentz presenting their deployment of autonomous mini-buses in Luxembourg:


Radio – Radio Lac – Interview with Marc Chatlain (TPG)

Source: Radio Lac (Link 1, Link 2)
Date: 23 March 2021

Marc Chatelain (TPG) was invited to Radio Lac Podcast to discuss EU’s Horizon 2020 AVENUE project and the Belle-Idée demonstrator site deployment.

Interview fragment about the AVENUE project

Source: https://radiolac.ch/podcasts/carrefours-23032021-1434-145046/

Interview fragment about the Belle-Idée demonstrator site

Source: https://radiolac.ch/podcasts/carrefours-23032021-1444-150953/

New Scientific Article: Autonomous shuttles for collective transport: a worldwide benchmark

Abstract: The present study aimed at performing a comprehensive benchmark on experimentations with autonomous shuttles for collective transport. Data was collected online on both academic and grey literature yielding a research corpus of 176 experimentations. Results show a European lead on both the number of experimentations and manufacturers. The majority of the deployments were aimed towards public transportation being short to mid-term trials, mainly offered free of charge to users. Regular-line transport was the prevailing operational mode adopted, meanwhile, on-demand services were present but incipient, mainly due to legal barriers as well as technological and infrastructural constraints. Eight main typologies of uses able to fulfil both private and public transport offerings were identified, being either focused on solving first- and last-mile issues or microtransit commute. At last, the main common stakeholders were identified, as well as how different forms of value are created and distributed among them.

Autonomous shuttles for collective transport: a worldwide benchmark
Fabio Antonialli
Journal: International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management
Date: 22 February 2021, DOI: 10.1504/IJATM.2021.113349
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