Annoucement: Holo has just completed the commissioning of sustainable transport platform in Nordhavn, Copenhaven

Parallel with Luxembourg, Geneva and Lyon, Copenhagen brings self-driving mobility solutions of the future to its citizens! Within the framework of AVENUE Project, our partner Holo has just completed the commissioning of sustainable transport platform in Nordhavn, a district focused on sustainability and innovation. Right from the beginning of August 2020, self-driving minibus will be rolling in the seafront area of Nordhavn, providing safe and sustainable mobility for the citizens of Copenhagen.

Read more about this exciting achievement, as well as about the offered route: https://www.letsholo.com/nordhavn

Video: Testing phase of the very first on-demand, door-to-door test scenario of autonomous vehicles in Geneva

Watch and share our freshly published video by our partner MobileThinking SARL from the testing phase of the very first on-demand, door-to-door test scenario of autonomous vehicles of the Avenue Project at Belle-idée Pilot Site in Geneva, Switzerland operated by TPG Public Transport of Geneva. We are all excited and proud for this innovative piloting phase!

Press Release: Green light for the launch of automated vehicles providing an on-demand service at the Belle-Idée site (HUG)

Geneva Public Transport (tpg) has reached an important milestone in the AVENUE project. On 3 June 2020, they received formal authorization from the Secretary-General of the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC) to operate autonomous shuttles on a hospital site located in Thônex in the canton of Geneva.

Already with the benefit of experience in this field with the operation of the XA line in Meyrin since 2018 with autonomous vehicles, tpg will deploy this experimental project on the private site of the clinic of Belle-Idée, in partnership with the Geneva University Hospitals (HUG). The objective is to develop a new generation of on-demand transport services, which are requested via an “application”, and which transports the customer from door to door (shared autonomous public transport). This project represents an opportunity for the HUG to experiment an innovative local transport solution which will be very useful to patients and visitors of the psychiatric and geriatric hospitals (Hôpital des Trois-Chêne), as well as to the personnel working on the site.

An ambitious partnership supported by the European Union

In 2018, the University of Geneva (UNIGE) was chosen to lead the European consortium AVENUE (Autonomous Vehicles to Evolve to a New Urban Experience), alongside tpg and the State of Geneva. The roadmap for this collaborative research project aims to identify the needs and motivation of future users, to face the technological challenges, to update legislation for the use of automated vehicles, as well as to develop business models capable of making this new mode of transport viable, thus contributing to the development of sustainable urban mobility plans.

The AVENUE consortium thus intends to prepare for the technical, legislative and economic integration of the autonomous vehicles in the urban space. These represent a promising solution for the future. With a budget of EUR 20 million over four years, of which 15.6 million are funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme of the European Union, the AVENUE project brings together 16 partners from across the continent, including five Swiss partners and involves separate experimental projects in Geneva, Copenhagen, Luxembourg, Lyon and Oslo.

In addition to the four players mentioned above, we find in the Swiss consortium MobileThinking, a start-up company of the University of Geneva specialising in mobile application development, and Bestmile, a company created at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) and active in fleet management of autonomous vehicles.

Several steps planned

Initially, two vehicles of the Navya Autonom Shuttle type, identical to the one of the Meyrin site (autonomous electric vehicle with a capacity of 15 persons), will be put in service on the Belle-Idée site. The tpg plans to integrate them from the end of June 2020 on half of the planned route in order to carry out tests (blank runs) and make the necessary adjustments. By the end of August, they should be able to engage the shuttles on the whole road network within Belle-Idée, without imposing fixed routes and stops. This will then make it possible to field-test a new type of on-demand service whose deployment is conceivable in the long term.

For more information:
François Mutter, spokesman of Geneva Public Transport (tpg)
+41 22 308 31 60 / +41 79 694 49 44 – mutter.francois@tpg.ch

Roland Godel, spokesman of the Infrastructure Department at the State of Geneva
+41 78 802 90 07 – roland.rg.godel@etat.ge.ch

For more details see our deliverable describing the Geneva sites.

Press Release: The long road to getting AVs on the streets of Denmark

The legal framework for pilot projects with autonomous vehicles in Denmark stepped into force three years ago. Here’s our operator experiences so far.

To this date, only one project has been on the streets in Denmark, while two other approvals have been given. In the practical implementation of the law, a great number of barriers have appeared.

Announcement: Holo resuming autonomous operations in Ormøya

We are back! We are restarting the demonstrators of autonomous vehicles for public transport. Our site at Ormøya is operational with 3 shuttles and max 3 passengers.

More info at: https://letsholo.com/news/resuming-autonomous-operations-in-ormya

Announcement: Covid-19 – Message to our members and partners

Dear partners, dear members of the Advisory board,

due to evolving situation with the COVID-19 and the travel restrictions imposed by the different European countries,
the management board of the project decided that we cannot maintain the physical General meeting in Copenhagen in May.
We therefor will hold the meeting in a videoconferencing mode, so please keep the 2 days reserved from other activities to join the virtual meeting.

One advantage in organising a virtual general meeting is that more people from your institutions can participate in specific targeted meetings (for example for a specific Task where an expert of your institution participates but would not had made sense to join a full 2 day physical meeting).

We will set up with the project board an adapted plan for the meeting to fit the video conference mode.
A proposal will be send to you as soon as possible.

All the best and thank you for your understanding

Geneva International Motor Show canceled

Due to the new COVID-19 restrictions, the Geneva International Motor Show 2020 will not take place. The Swiss Federal Government prohibits all gatherings of more than 1000 persons. So, the AVENUE presentations (VIP day and conference days) will unfortunately not take place.

Announcement: Transport Minister inaugurates the self-driving bus in Aalborg East

On 5 March 2020, Aalborg East will write Danish history. The first pilot project with self-driving buses on Danish roads will be inaugurated here, and Transport Minister Benny Engelbrecht will be there to cut the cord.

In December 2019, after almost 5 years of planning and application process, permission was granted for the first time in Denmark to conduct trials with self-driving buses. Since then, Holo has been busy with tests, setting up digital infrastructure and more tests, and on 5 March, together with Aalborg Municipality, Holo will open the route to the public.

“We’ve been working long and hard to get everything in place for the big day, when we roll out for the first time on Danish roads. The paperwork for approval is one thing, but preparing the route itself and setting up the digital infrastructure is another. Our operators, who will have their daily work in and around the buses, are looking forward to hitting the streets and showing what the self-driving buses can do” says CEO Peter Sorgenfrei from Holo.

All interested are welcome to attend the opening party at Sebbersundvej 2A, 9220 Aalborg East

Original article in Danish: https://www.letsholo.com/news/transportminister-indvier-den-selvkrende-bus-i-aalborg-st

Snart kan du møde Torben i Smartbussen i Aalborg Øst

Published by Holo

Det første selvkørende forsøgsprojekt på dansk jord har nu fået den endelige godkendelse fra transportministeren. Operatør Torben Nyman er begejstret over snart at kunne byde beboerne i Aalborg Øst velkommen ombord på SmartBussen.

Nyheden om transportministerens underskrift på en bekendtgørelse har været længe ventet for Aalborg Øst-beboeren Torben Nyman. 

Han blev ansat for over et år siden til at være operatør i den selvkørende bus, som skal køre på Astrupstien i hans eget nabolag, men fordi godkendelsesprocessen har trukket i langdrag, har han indtil nu arbejdet på skift i Holos søsterprojekter i Göteborg og Oslo. Her har han opnået en driftserfaring, som må siges at være temmelig unik: Han har nemlig arbejdet over 900 timer i og omkring de selvkørende busser.

Read the news: https://www.letsholo.com/news/snart-kan-du-mde-torben-i-smartbussen

Video: Holo’s participation in a Horizon 2020 project

Published by Holo

Finance, experience, and network. Product Development Lead Pernille Lytzen points out the benefits of being part of a Horizon 2020 project.

The Ministry for Higher Education and Research in Denmark is currently running an informative campaign for businesses about EU’s Horizon 2020.

They interviewed Pernille who talks about the benefits of being part of the Horizon 2020 project AVENUE, and how Holo has increased their knowledge and network through the consortium.

AVENUE is a project showcasing autonomous solutions in urban areas over the course of four years with Copenhagen (Nordhavn), Geneva, Lyon and Luxembourg as demonstrator cities. You can read more about the AVENUE Project and the Danish demonstrator site in Nordhavn.

The interview is in Danish.

See the news: https://www.letsholo.com/news/video-holos-participation-in-a-horizon-2020-project