Best City Projects for Smart Transport
In our ever changing, fast world, searching and waiting for transport seems like something we all could relate to. In hope of never spending another minute on waiting for a bus or losing our nerves in busy car lanes, here is to these brave deployments and people behind them. Vote for your favourites and help us in choosing the best one.
Three British companies, Westfield Sportscars, Heathrow Enterprises and Oxbotica, as a part of GATEway (Greenwich Automated Transport Environment) project, developed fully autonomous, safe, driverless pods in hope of presenting this new type of transport as a valid option in London. Following the success of Heathrow Pods, these companies hope to build upon and further develop existing technology in hope of reducing even more CO2 emissions in the city.
Back in 2005, this electric, automated shuttle bus was officially deployed and ever since it was used to help citizens of Rotterdam during the rush hours. It connects metro station Kralingse Zoom with the Rivium business park in the neighbouring new town of Capelle aan den Ijssel. The 1800-meter track has five stops and its closed for other vehicles and traffic. Entire system was enabled and installed by Connexxion, one of the largest public transportation companies in the Netherlands.
First self-driving shuttle used on public roads was launched in city of Lausanne. Unlike some of its competitors who only run on special trajectory lanes, WEpod drives on a regular road amongst public traffic. It was originally designed by French vehicle manufacturer EasyMile. It was developed for Citymobil2, an EU-funded project. Through this project, nearly 19,000 passengers were already transported in Lausanne, Switzerland and Vantaa, Finland.
As a part of Masdar City project, designed by British architectural firm led by Norman Foster, these pods serve as a personal rapid transit within the city walls. Capsules are created by Dutch company 2GetThere and are made of extremely lightweight materials. They are fully electronic and consume the least of energy of all other types of transport planned in the project.
In April of 2015, driverless vehicle took to the streets of Luxembourg - electric, driverless shuttle-bus. French company, Induct, developed the vehicle with support of investment company Mangrove Capital Partners. Demonstration took place with the support of city officials and Luxembourg’s national innovation agency Luxinnovation.
Heathrow pods, London's unique zero-emission transport system connecting Terminal 5 and business car park, is a fully functional driverless personal rapid system. It has already removed 70,000 bus journeys a year from Heathrow roads and the equivalent of 100 tonnes of CO2 a year. It is developed by British engineering company ULTra Global PRT, formerly named Advanced Transport Systems.