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AV Shuttle Buses Within Lyon’s Public Transport Network

Over the next two years, autonomous shuttles buses will be fully integrated within the city of Lyon’s public transport network. [1]

Two shuttles from NAVYA will provide service from 8.30 am to 7.30 pm Monday through Saturday between the Décines Grand Large tram station and the Parc Olympique Lyonnais stadium, and in this way, the 1.4 km line will serve a part of the existing 85 line route.

The use case will present various challenges, as the route passes through four intersections with traffic lights, one roundabout, and eight pedestrian crossings at an average speed of 13-15 km/h. An objective is to eventually increase that speed to 20-25 km/h.

 

Personal comments

This initiative is following what was introduced in Barkarbystaden last year [2]. From the studies within Drive Sweden’s KRABAT program, we know that people to a large extent already perceive the automated shuttles as something to be part of public transportation, at least when they are running on public roads.

Still, the first/last-mile routes suitable for these early generation AV shuttles would traditionally not be part of the service offer from current public transport providers, even when removing the cost of the on-board safety steward. Increasingly there is a need to find strong use cases and sustainable business models to allow shared, electric and automated mobility solutions to evolve over time.

 

Written by Victor Malmsten Lundgren, RISE Viktoria.

 

Sources

1. 2019-11-18. NAVYA Announces the Launch of a New Autonomous Shuttle Service Fully Integrated Within Lyon’s Public Transport Network

2. 2018-10-25. Första självkörande bussarna i reguljär linjetrafik i Barkarbystaden