Can driverless on-demand shuttles encourage more people to use public transportation?
We are deploying on-demand autonomous vehicles in urban fringe areas to better connect districts to existing public transportation.
The Hamburg district of Bergedorf offers ideal conditions for testing autonomous driving. The suburb in Hamburg’s catchment area is already very well connected to public transportation. Driverless vehicles will close gaps in the transportation network between the place of residence and the next public transportation stop.
The field test with the shuttle prototypes in Bergedorf will take place from September to November 2021. The vehicles offer space for up to twelve passengers and a VHH vehicle attendant. The latter monitors the automated journey and can intervene if necessary.
The shuttles can be booked via an app. The route of the vehicles is based on the desired starting points and destinations of the passengers and does not follow a fixed course. Passengers can ride in the shuttles free of charge during the trial operation.
The DEKRA Technology Center accompanies the approval process of the vehicles with independent expertise and ensures the safety of the passengers.
The central objective of the project is to test autonomous shuttles in local public transport and to assess their impact. In addition, it is to be investigated to what extent such autonomous shuttles influence the behavior of citizens in the use of public transport in urban peripheral areas.
Head of Autonomous Driving Program Continental
Research assistant DLR-Institut für Verkehrssystemtechnik
Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter DLR-Institut für Verkehrssystemtechnik
Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg Holstein GmbH
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