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Consortium established to integrate autonomous shuttles with public transportation

Mobileye, Transdev Group and Lohr Group share a common goal of developing autonomous shuttles that could be easily and efficiently implemented in cities.

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The i-Cristal is designed to safely and efficiently operate within public transport networks
The i-Cristal is designed to safely and efficiently operate within public transport networks

A consortium of mobility companies has announced it is developing and deploying on-road testing of autonomous shuttles next year with commercial services.


Mobileye, an Intel Company, Transdev Autonomous Transport System (ATS), part of Transdev Group dedicated to autonomous mobility solutions, and Lohr Group, a mobility solutions manufacturer, will integrate Mobileye’s self-driving system into the i-Cristal electric shuttle.

 

Integration


The i-Cristal shuttle is manufactured by Lohr Group and the companies plan to integrate it into public transportation services powered by fleets of self-driving shuttles across the globe, starting in Europe. I-Cristal features space for up to 16 passengers.


“The collaboration between Transdev ATS, Mobileye and Lohr Group is set to provide fully industrialised autonomous shuttles at scale to support the urban autonomous vision,” said Marie-José Navarre, vice president of Lohr Group. “Our common goal is to quickly provide to clients autonomous shuttles that could be easily and efficiently implemented in cities.”


By integrating the autonomous i-Cristal shuttle into Transdev’s existing mobility service networks, the companies aim to improve the efficiency and convenience of mass transportation solutions. They said that autonomous mobility can be “woven into the fabric of transportation networks” to distribute service when and where it’s needed, while also optimising the fleets, lowering transportation costs and improving customer experiences.


The three companies will initially test vehicles on roadways in France and Israel, aiming to ready technology designs for production by 2022. The companies expect to deploy self-driving i-Cristal shuttles in public transportation networks by 2023.

“Our common goal is to quickly provide to clients autonomous shuttles that could be easily and efficiently implemented in cities”

The shuttle can travel at speeds up to 50km per hour and is designed to safely and efficiently operate within today’s public transportation networks with Transdev ATS’ solutions. These solutions integrate Transdev ATS’ technology like the AV Supervision and expertise in deployment and operation services for public transportation operators and cities. The objective is to allow self-driving technology to become a daily reality.


Mobileye’s self-driving system is a turnkey AV solution that delivers safety via two core concepts: Mobileye’s formal Responsibility-Sensitive Safety model for the safety of the system’s decision-making, and a perception system featuring True Redundancy, whereby two independent subsystems (cameras and radars and lidars) combine to enable robust perception.

 

The self-driving system can also be deployed without geographical limitation thanks to Mobileye’s Road Experience Management AV mapping technology through which a proprietary, crowdsourced AV map of the global road network is created and then continuously and automatically updated using data gathered from mass-market advanced driver-assistance systems.

 

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