Mar 28, 2019 - 04:09 pm

Self-driving shuttles to operate in German town


By the Rhein river in the city of Monheim in Germany, five fully autonomous electric buses will begin operations on five bus lines this autumn. Each bus built by France’s Easymile is four meters long with seating for just six passengers.

The autonomous buses are Model EZ10 and come from the French manufacturer Easymile. The shuttle buses are almost four metres long and can accommodate up to eleven people, six of those with seats. The autonomous vehicle has a maximum speed of 45 kilometres per hour but in regular service will initially have a maximum speed of around 20 kph.

The electric buses will leave the depot every 10 minutes, starting at 7 am and transporting passengers till around midnight. The 2 km route leads from the bus station to the historic city centre, with six stops. Passengers will be able to use the autonomous bus with regular public transport tickets.

These electric buses cost around 250,000 euros, with the total investment amounting to about 2.1 million euros, of which the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia takes over up to 90 per cent. If the system proves successful, it will be extended to other parts of the city. (in German)


5 Kommentare zu “Self-driving shuttles to operate in German town

  1. C
    No no no
    In the Netherlands we already have such a system from 1998 in capelle aan de ijssel to rotterdam
    From company 2getthere.

    • Carrie Hampel

      Great, thanks for the link!

    • Carrie Hampel

      Right! Got it, thanks, have changed the claim.

  2. Olivier Pairot

    Some major differences between 2getthere techno deployed in the video and EasyMile’s one: the EZ10 shuttle circulates in mixed traffic, on a road shared with other users; whethere the 2GetThere’s one needs a road dedicated to the shuttle (look at the barriers). Second difference, the 2GetThere shuttle requires pods on the ground to locate itself, the EasyMile’s one does not require any infrastructure. These two technologies are thus for the moment extremely different

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