Offering night or off-peak services
How can we enable people to travel at night, when traditional transport networks are not operating, or in off-peak periods, when transport services are reduced?
Autonomous vehicle mobility services represent a transport option that complements traditional networks, providing solutions for when buses, metro systems and trams are not running.
Our autonomous transport services are a secure mobility solution both for onboard passengers and those close by. These connected services enable transport users to follow, in real time, the exact location of the vehicle and the waiting time at stops.
Together with each local authority, we design an autonomous mobility solution to meet its requirements and to complement the traditional transport services already in place, as well as other means of transport.
An autonomous transport service is currently being developed in the Paris-Saclay area with a view to providing a mobility service between Massy station, the residential areas between Camille Claudel and Palaiseau and the Polytechnique/Paris-Saclay campus.
This is the EVAPS project – eco-mobility using autonomous vehicles in Paris-Saclay – which brings together five partners each with their own areas of expertise: Transdev, Groupe Renault, the Vedecom and SystemX Research Institutes, the University of Paris-Saclay and EPAPS. This project is conducted with support from “Investissements d’Avenir de l’État” [State Future Investment] awarded to Ademe.
The key points of this project lie in the integration of the service within the public transport network and in the trialling of the connected infrastructure and the system’s Control Centre, with a physical operator in the loop.
The proposed night-time service, complementary to the existing transport network, will operate in particular on the dedicated Massy-Saclay line using an i-Cristal autonomous shuttle, developed by Transdev and Lohr, a French manufacturer. Two Renault ZOE autonomous vehicles will operate on-demand in order to serve the entire Polytechnique area.
The challenge of this three-year EVAPS project is to offer an in-situ trial, under real conditions, for the benefit of people wishing to travel at night-time.