Groupe Renault, the Transdev Group, IRT SystemX, Institut VEDECOM and the University of Paris-Saclay have joined hands to initiate Paris-Saclay Autonomous Lab project. Its purpose is to develop new autonomous mobility services using dedicated lane and public and campus streets to supplement the existing Saclay Plateau transportation systems. It was inaugurated recently at the SPRING 2019 innovation event.
This first stage of the Paris-Saclay Autonomous Lab project is one of the SAM experiments that are part of France’s national autonomous vehicle development strategy. The French government had selected few projects under the Investments for the Future (PIA) program.
The Paris-Saclay Autonomous Lab project provides for:
• A night collective transportation service using an autonomous Transdev-Lohr i-Cristal shuttle will serve the Saclay Plateau neighborhoods from the Massy station. The service will be provided outside the normal operating hours of the regular transportation systems and will use the existing dedicated bus lane.
• A daytime on-demand car service using autonomous Renault ZOE Cab prototype vehicles will be provided on the Paris-Saclay urban campus. People travelling to the campus by public transportation can then use it to freely move around the site.
The service is designed to provide a large number of pick-up and drop-off points, which do not interfere with other traffic and are located near (never much more than 300 meters from) the most frequented campus areas.
The Paris-Saclay experiments are designed to identify the requirements for rolling out an autonomous mobility service on a broader scale. The project will focus on two main issues: technology, with an autonomous transportation system comprising two types of supplementary service; and acceptability, with user panels to study ridership.
Source: Press Release