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Driverless shuttles:RATP Group announces new experiments after successful tests in Paris

In line with current experiments in Paris that have notched up a genuine success for over 20,000 passengers, RATP Group announces further experiments open to the public outside Paris and internationally.
In the USA, McDonald Transit Associates, an RATP Dev subsidiary that carries over 78 million passengers in fifteen States, will be fielding a driverless shuttle service on the University of Texas at Austin campus on 16 and 17 March aimed at the public attending the South by Southwest festival of music, film and interactive media.
In the French provinces, CTB, which operates the Marinéo network in Boulogne-sur-Mer in partnership with the town authorities and the Boulonnais conurbation, will test a driverless shuttle from Wednesday, 5 April until Sunday, 8 May 2017. The driverless shuttle will run on Quai des Paquebots along a pre-defined 300-metre route. Service will run from Wednesday to Sunday from 11.30 a.m. until 6.30 p.m. and will be free of charge.
The vehicle used in both Austin and Boulogne is an EZ10 model from the French manufacturer EasyMile. It is 100% electrically-powered and driverless with six seats and is compatible with reducedmobility passengers. The vehicle features on-board IT and is steered using cameras, sensors and 3-D route recognition. The two experiments are intended primarily to obtain passenger opinions about the new service along with improvement suggestions. Information regarding performance, reliability and operating safety will also be collected.

RATP continues its ambitious program in the Paris region.

There have already been 20,000 passengers in the Paris region using driverless shuttles tested on the Charles de Gaulle bridge in Paris from 23 January until 7 April 2017. During this test conducted jointly with STIF and the Paris city authorities, passengers can travel at no charge between the Gare d’Austerlitz and Gare de Lyon railway stations. The two EZ10 shuttles run seven days a week from 2 p.m. till 8 p.m. with an agent on board. The shuttles are 100% electrically powered and are recharged at night.

Other experiments will be conducted in 2017 in the Paris region. RATP has scheduled an internal service at the Saclay CEA facility in May and is working with STIF and the Paris city authorities on an experiment between Château de Vincennes and Parc floral du bois de Vincennes in summer.
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Jean François Mauboussin @RATP
Navette Autonome
Jean François Mauboussin @RATP

Driverless shuttles, a precursor of a new ‘last mile’ offering?

For RATP, driverless vehicles afford an opportunity to provide new services that round out the current mobility offering by making it possible to field solutions for mobility demand that is not currently covered (regions with low population density, minor movements and first and law miles, etc.). Driverless vehicles are sufficiently adaptable and flexible to match supply with demand. RATP, which steers the public transport section of the New Industrial France – “Driverless Vehicles” government plan, lays claim to multiple fields of expertise such as managing and supervising vehicle fleets (RATP Group operates 15,000 buses across the planet), engineering and operation and maintenance of automatic rail systems.

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