Autonomous vehicles promise to be the next revolution in public transport. They should find their first users in suburban areas, which are less well served by traditional transportation networks. But for these new services to develop, we must first identify the needs and motivations of their future users and be able to respond to them, meet many of the technological and regulatory challenges, and design new business models. This is the aim of the 4 year AVENUE project consortium, led by the University of Geneva (UNIGE) with a total budget of 22 million euros and funded by the European Commission up to the level of 16 million euros.
AVENUE - H2020
Mobile application prototype
As responsible of the mobile services for passenger, MobileThinking started prototyping the mobile application containing the services. Through time, passengers services will improve and evolve. All the newly imagined services will be first tested and validated by users using the prototype and only then implemented.
The first theme addresses security, fluidity of traffic and ability to adapt to exceptional road situations. At first, it will be studied only in limited areas, whose environment has been previously fully mapped.
Optimization of itineraries
The second theme will optimize the vehicles itineraries in a perspective of cost reduction and user comfort. Passengers will be able to book their trip from their smartphone, via a simple and user-friendly application, offering different levels of services.
in- and out- of vehicle services
The third theme will focus on in and out of vehicle services, such as augmented reality solutions on vehicle windows, as well as assistance to meet special needs' and less autonomous passengers, such as children or seniors.
The AVENUE project consortium, for "Autonomous Vehicles to Evolve to a New Urban Experience", brings together 16 partners: academic institutions, public transport operators, autonomous vehicle manufacturers, major technology R&D companies and specialized start-ups. Among them, five Swiss. Alongside the UNIGE, the transports publics genevois (tpg) and the State of Geneva, two start-ups are indeed involved: MobileThinking, resulting from the UNIGE and BestMile, created at EPFL.
In this arctile, you will find a video showing a service under development that aims to detect potential aggressions in an autonomous vehicle in a fully automated way.
H2020 Avenue – New article on swissinfo.ch – The slow but steady progress of driverless buses in Switzerland
A great article, very complete on the work in progress on the Belle-idée website for our European project AVENUE.We work daily in close collaboration with TPG, Bestmile, Navya and the 13 other partners of the project.
The following video was recorded by Mattia and Kevin on 13/07/2020 during a very first On-demand, door-to-door test scenario of autonomous vehicles for the AVENUE H2020 project. All this, orchestrated by our partner TPG in Belle-idée, Geneva.
H2020 Avenue – Green light for the launch of automated vehicles providing on-demand service at the Belle-Idée site
Discover the communiqué de presse des TPG (in french) announcing that they have obtained the green light for the launch, in a European premiere, of the autonomous vehicle service (without driver) on the Belle-idée site, Geneva.
On Thursday, May 14, Kevin and Mattia attended (from the comfort of their home) the fifth two-day plenary meeting of the AVENUE H2020 project. We were supposed to meet in Copenhagen, but given the COVID19 situation, we did so by videoconference.
Le lundi 7 octobre, le premier jour d'une réunion plénière de trois jours sur le projet H2020 AVENUE s'est tenu à l'Université de Genève, Battelle. Les 16 partenaires étaient tous présents et nous formions un groupe d'environ 35 personnes travaillant dans le même objectif «Donner aux véhicules autonomes les moyens d'évoluer vers une nouvelle expérience urbaine».
As actors in the field of Swiss and European mobility, we attended the Mobility Forum in order to participate in discussions on the challenges of tomorrow.
- 20min.ch - FR - Genève, labo européen des véhicules autonomes
- Agefi - FR - Genève, terrain de test pour les véhicules autonomes
- Tribune de Genève- FR - Les tests de véhicules autonomes se multiplient
- Le Temps- FR - Genève se profile comme la capitale européenne des véhicules autonomes
- tio.ch - IT - Ginevra diventerà il cantone-test per i veicoli autonomi
- ScienceDaily - EN - European cities soon to be ready for autonomous vehicles
- pddnet.com - EN - European Cities Soon To Be Ready For Autonomous Vehicles
- EurekAlert - EN - European cities soon to be ready for autonomous vehicles
- 20min.ch - FR - Une navette autonome à la demande bientôt testée à Belle-Idée
For more information, you can visit the official AVENUE website or contact us directly
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 769033