Lyon has over 2.2 million inhabitants (urban area) second largest in France after Paris. Thanks to excellent transport infrastructure, Lyon is under 2 hours away from all major European cities and you can fly to over 115 destinations from Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport. The TCL (for Transports en Commun Lyonnais), Lyon's all-four public transit system, operated by Keolis Lyon, consisting of metro, tramways and buses, serves 62 communes of the Lyon agglomeration. Life sciences and green-technologies are the pillars of Lyon’s industrial dynamic with many leading companies in these fields. The city’s major research and higher-education establishments testify to its innovation capabilities, with 13,300 researchers and some 600 laboratories
Since September 2016, Keolis Lyon and Navya have been trialing a first-and-last mile service with 2 autonomous shuttles linked to the tram station at Charlemagne (see below) from September 2016. These shuttles driving on a 1.35km-long pathway are the only transportation modes able to offer a service in this area to connect the tram station and the office buildings close to the Saone river. It is a mixed road where authorized vehicles.
The pilot site
The area around the Groupama Stadium is currently being intensely developed. In the next months and years, several professional buildings, restaurants, a hotel, a recreation center, and a medical center will be built. These different kind of activities are expected to cause small flow passengers all along the day, and AVs would help speed up traveler flows and prevent congestion at the bus station Décines Grand Large.
D2.16 A report on use case definition per Demonstrator city
The new AV service in the area would transport people between the tram station Décines Grand Large and the Groupama Stadium, being complimentary to another bus line. At the beginning of the pilot project, two shuttles will run between two stops, one at the tram station and one at the stadium. In a later use case, a third stop could be added. The map below shows the route as foreseen and as submitted to the PTA. Please note that this maps shows just an indication of the expected track. The PTA (SYTRAL) is still working on the final decision.