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 –

Roland Godel, spokesman of the Infrastructure Department at the State of Geneva
+41 78 802 90 07 –

For more details see our deliverable describing the Geneva sites.

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.

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

Transportminister indvier den selvkørende bus i Aalborg Øst

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Den 5. marts 2020 skriver Aalborg Øst danmarkshistorie. Her indvies det første pilotprojekt med selvkørende busser på dansk vej, og transportminister Benny Engelbrecht er med til at klippe snoren.

Efter knap 5 års planlægning og ansøgningsproces blev der i december 2019 for første gang i Danmark givet tilladelse til at lave forsøg med selvkørende busser. Siden da har vi hos Holo haft travlt med tests, etablering af digital infrastruktur og flere tests, og den 5. marts indvier vi sammen med Aalborg Kommune ruten for offentligheden.

“Vi har knoklet længe med at få alt på plads til den store dag, hvor vi ruller ud for første gang på dansk vej. Papirarbejdet omkring godkendelse er én ting, og noget andet er klargøringen af selve ruten med etablering af den digitale infrastruktur. Vores operatører, som får deres daglige arbejdsdag i og omkring busserne, ser frem til at komme på gaden og vise hvad de selvkørende busser kan,” fortæller adm. direktør Peter Sorgenfrei fra Holo.

Alle interesserede er velkomne til at deltage i åbningsfesten på Sebbersundvej 2A, 9220 Aalborg Øst.

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H2020 Avenue – Midterm review

Article de Mobile Thinking

A l’occasion de la révision à mi-parcours du projet AVENUE devant un comité de l’Union européenne, MobileThinking était à Bruxelles du jeudi 30 janvier au vendredi 31 janvier. 

Pendant ces deux jours, nous avons répété, peaufiné et enfin présenté le travail réalisé au cours des 18 premiers mois du projet AVENUE. Le jeudi, nous avons consacré la journée à une “répétition”, où nous avons répété nos présentations et démonstration pour bien préparer le grand jour. 

Le vendredi, en présence de notre responsable de projet et de l’examinateur de projet désigné par l’UE, nous avons enfin présenté officiellement tout le travail accompli et les résultats majeurs obtenus au cours de cette première période de travail. 

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Snart kan du møde Torben i Smartbussen i Aalborg Øst

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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.

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Video: Holo’s participation in a Horizon 2020 project

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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.

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HS PF verleiht Perspektiven- und Lehrpreis sowie Forschungspreise

Le prix “Research Excellence Award” a été décerné au Pr Guy Fournier. Il fait partie de l’équipe de direction du projet AVENUE, qui intègre des minibus autonomes dans le système de transport en commun de différentes villes dans un vaste essai sur le terrain et fait avancer les solutions techniques.

The “Research Excellence Award” was awarded to Pr Guy Fournier. He is part of the management team of the AVENUE project, which integrates autonomous minibuses into the public transport system of different cities in a large field trial and advances technical solutions.

Den Research Excellence Award des IAF in der Kategorie Professoren nahmen zwei Personen entgegen. Zum einen wurde Professor Dr. Guy Fournier aus dem Fachbereich Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen (WI) ausgezeichnet. „Guy wechselte vor mehr als zehn Jahren nach Pforzheim, wo er die Internationalisierung des Bereichs WI und der Fakultät für Technik maßgeblich vorangetrieben hat. Seine internationale Vernetzung ist essentiell für seine Forschung, in der ihn insbesondere die nachhaltige Mobilität umtreibt. Er unterstützt europaweit Kommunen in Energie- und Mobilitätsfragen“, so Laudator Dr. Tobias Viere, Professor für Energie- und Stoffstromanalyse. Eine herausragende Leistung in diesem Bereich ist die erfolgreiche Akquise eines EU-Vorhabens mit einem Gesamtvolumen von 20 Mio. Euro und 16 Partnern aus sieben Ländern. Guy Fournier gehört zum Führungskreis des Projekts AVENUE, das in einem großen Feldversuch autonome Minibusse in den ÖPNV verschiedener Städte integriert und technische Lösungen vorantreibt. Die gewonnenen Erkenntnisse sollen die Basis für Empfehlungen über die weitere Entwicklung des Transports für Regierungen und Städte in Europa sein.

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News on Bestmile

On 15 November in Lyon, France, transport operator Keolis, Lyon’s public transport authority SYTRAL, autonomous shuttle maker Navya, and fleet orchestration provider Bestmile introduced a new autonomous shuttle service connecting the Décines Grand Large tram station (line T3) and the Parc Olympique Lyonnais stadium. The service includes two autonomous shuttles and is the result of Lyon’s efforts to address the challenges of integrating autonomous last-mile connections into the public transport network.

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NAVYA annonce le lancement d’un nouveau service de navettes autonomes entièrement intégré au réseau de transports en commun lyonnais

Article de Navya

Expérimentation sur route ouverte pour la desserte du Parc Olympique Lyonnais

Villeurbanne, France, le 18 novembre 2019 – 08h00 CET – Avec la mise en service vendredi dernier de deux navettes autonomes, NAVYA (FR0013018041- NAVYA), un leader des systèmes de conduite autonome, accompagne le développement technologique du réseau de transports en commun de la métropole lyonnaise.  


Ce service développé en collaboration avec le SYTRAL[1] et l’opérateur de transport Keolis, s’inscrit dans le cadre du dispositif européen AVENUE, «Autonomous Vehicles to Evolve to New Urban Experience», sélectionnée par le projet européen HORIZON 2020, pour le développement des véhicules autonomes dans les villes européennes. Les villes de Genève, Luxembourg et Copenhague ont aussi été retenues comme sites pilotes.

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