The shuttle stand-alone will-t-she a part of the landscape of the airports of the future ? Projects on the subject are beginning to see the light of day, such as, for example, at the airport of Christchurch in New Zealand, where a shuttle bus 100% electric is on trial for two years.
In France, ADP will test in November at the airport of Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport a shuttle system to and from stand-alone partnership with Keolis (a subsidiary of the SNCF and the Caisse de Dépôts du Québec), which already operates such a shuttle service to Lyon or to The Defence with the business Navya.
Edward Arkwright, executive director general, in charge of development, engineering and transformation at ADP, explained the project to The Tribune, yesterday, at the Airport Startup Day, during which 20 startups specialized in tourism have presented their services :
“We’re going to test for six months a shuttle stand-alone on a route of about 600 meters between from the RER station to the seat of the ADP. “
The autonomous vehicle will be intended for employees of the business, but ADP is also studying the possibility of developing an on-demand service.
The distance traveled is small (600 metres) but the robot will have to manage the crossing of a traffic lane (rue de Rome, Tremblay) with, as imperative, the respect for traffic signals.
“We will see how we can insert a shuttle stand-alone in the traffic and to model the gains from optimization of traffic that it generates. Our traffic is growing and the land does not move, or even decreases as the expansion of aeronautical infrastructure. The question of the use of the traffic, both on the city side as side tracks, is strategic for us, ” added Edward Arkwright.
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