The Hague is one of the first major cities in The Netherlands to have a self-driving minibus, the HagaShuttle. The minibus runs between the public transport stop Leyenburg and the main entrance of the Haga Hospital. After extensive testing and the switch to a fixed timetable, a long-term implementation becomes operational.
Deputy Mayor Mobility and director of Rotterdam The Hague Metropolitan Area (MRDH), Robert van Asten, gave the go-ahead for the first trip in May 2019. The shuttle is extensively tested with passengers and the presence of an attendant.
Interaction between man and technology
In addition to public transport, visitors and patients (also with a wheelchair) of the Haga Hospital can travel the last few hundred meters from the public transport stop on Leyweg to the entrance of the hospital by shuttle for free. The initial reactions to the shuttle are positive. People feel safe in the vehicle and consider it a welcome addition to the hospital's service. The attendant also expresses his positive experience with the shuttle in the newspaper NRC: “I have been driving it for a few months now and I have full confidence in the vehicle. It sees everything and stops well in advance.” A beautiful interaction between technology and people, which has found its way into public space.
The HagaShuttle will be running for four years. Public transport company HTM, Rebel and The Future Mobility Network work together for this in Haagse Shuttle BV. They use the experience with the HagaShuttle to further develop and realise "last mile" solutions with self-driving minibuses in the Hague region and the Netherlands.
The development from idea to exploitation is a major project. This ranges from high-level switching between managers and directors to the application of physical markings on the road. In an innovative project in which an automatic shuttle is integrated into a public transport system everything must be properly arranged. With that you also work on reusable services for other shuttle projects, such as being able and allowed to train stewards under license, providing local maintenance in relation to the manufacturer and various formats for contracts and papers.
Autonomous transport in your city, region or business park?
Are you curious if automated public transport is also possible in your area? In the two day course Automated public transport of PAOTM and The Future Mobility Network, ir. Joop Veenis will teach you everything about planning, implementation and operation of autonomous shuttle transport. You will be provided with tools to make informed plans and decisions and you can evaluate automated shuttles and their use.
Source: The Future Mobility Network, ovpro.nl
Photo: The Future Mobility Network