The Israeli equipment manufacturer Mobileye, Transdev STA, an entity of the public transport operator dedicated to autonomous mobility, and the Alsatian industrial group Lohr have just announced a collaboration to develop and deploy autonomous shuttles dedicated to public transport. The aim is “to improve the efficiency and convenience of mass transport solutions”, according to the partners.
Up to 16 passengers on board
The companies will thus integrate the autonomous driving system of Mobileye, an Intel subsidiary, into the i-Cristal electric shuttle, produced by the Lohr group. This vehicle can carry up to 16 passengers and is accessible to people with reduced mobility. It can travel at a maximum speed of 50 km / h.
The alliance with Transdev makes it possible to reach a large public transport network. Because the operator is present in 18 countries. In practice, initially, the vehicles will be tested on the road in France and Israel in order to prepare for production in 2022.
Secondly, they will be deployed within public transport networks in 2023, first in Europe and then throughout the world, details the press release.
Transdev operates on the ArianeGroup site
Transdev is also participating in an experiment on the ArianeGroup industrial site in Les Mureaux, in Yvelines, which is due to start in March 2021 to be fully operational in 2022. It provides remote supervision of autonomous shuttles, as it was able to do on the Saclay plateau in 2019.
For its part, Mobileye announced at the end of February four new sites to test autonomous vehicles, in Paris, Tokyo, Shanghai and New York, in the course of the year 2021. The ambition displayed by the company is to market its robot taxi by 2025.