Transdev and Delphi Partnership Will Put Autonomous Vehicles Into Commercial Service

Mobility services provider Transdev, along with automotive supplier Delphi, have announced a new partnership for commercial autonomous vehicles. The two have announced plans to develop and start pilot projects in Paris and Rouen France.

The announcement for the partnership said that it is “the first EU driverless, on-demand mobility service on an open road.”

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Delphi’s Centralised Sensing, Planning and Localisation (Cautonomousomous driving platform will be integrated with Transdev’s Universal Routing Engine to provide the autonomous service. Transdev is a bus and rail mass transit operator around the world but has already developed a modular transportation platform which allows for autonomous operation. The company’s first autonomous vehicles went into service in 2005.

The pilot project will see passengers transported from a train station in each city to a final destination. The Paris destination will be the Paris-Saclay tech hub and campus. The test will allow both companies to test dispatch, remote control systems, and the vehicles involved. It will also help to test the sensors and software involved. All on real roads in real traffic.

The program will start with an adapted minivan but is expected to transition to an electric shuttle bus.  The vehicles will stop at predetermined stops and will be monitored from a central control room.

The next phase of the project will see a commercial service take place on the routes.


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