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Big Kahuna, out (mic drop)

Big Kahuna, out (mic drop)

Only the great leaders amongst us can leave the big stage with a reference to their (nick)name and a mic drop. Kobe Bryant in sports (Mamba), Barack Obama in politics (Obama) and Carel van Helsdingen (the Big Kahuna) in 2getthere

The 2020s self driving challenge

The 2020s self driving challenge

When we look back at the past decade, 2010 was a good start for driverless vehicles. Masdar City started passenger service on November 28th, providing passenger service without safety steward on board. Nobody was talking about ‘mixed traffic’ and ‘public roads’ yet, except maybe small teams of DARPA inspired engineers in labs and back rooms, as people were focused on throughput and added value to passengers.

2getthere underwrites shared mobility principles for liveable cities

2getthere underwrites shared mobility principles for liveable cities

2getthere is the latest signatory of the Shared Mobility Principles for Livable Cities. Launched at the 2017 Ecomobility World Festival in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, the principles are designed to guide urban decision-makers and stakeholders toward the best outcomes for all. The premise is to find the balance between new transportation services and the liveability of the city. The pace of technology-driven innovation from the private sector in shared transportation services, vehicles, and networks is rapid, accelerating, and filled with opportunity. At the same time, city streets are a finite and scarce resource.

Autonomous shuttles on the airport apron

Autonomous shuttles on the airport apron

A case study on autonomous shuttles operating on the airport apron. Triple AAA: Airport Apron Autonomous Shuttles In 1971 the world’s first automated people mover was introduced at Tampa Airport…

The need for speed!

The need for speed!

I can’t help but chuckle about the fact that The Need For Speed is very appropriate for the stage where the market for autonomous shuttles is at. Worldwide companies are ‘supporting’ the hype with shuttles crawling around at a snail’s pace.

2getthere keynote speaker at 2019 vehits conference

2getthere keynote speaker at 2019 vehits conference

Autonomous vehicles do not intrinsically improve traffic since they optimize towards reaching their own goals. Cooperative driving, on the other hand, aims for optimizing the collective behavior, thus having the…

ZF acquires mobility provider 2getthere

ZF acquires mobility provider 2getthere

2getthere has more than three decades of experience in the market for autonomous passenger transport vehicles as well as unique engineering and software competences. ZF acquires mobility provider 2getthere ZF…

A driverless smart police station for the Dubai Police

A driverless smart police station for the Dubai Police

The Dubai Police driverless Smart Police Station will be on full display during upcoming events, including the Smart Mobility conference late February. Driverless Smart Police Station At the World Government…

Speaking on mixed traffic at Move 2019

Speaking on mixed traffic at Move 2019

Our vision is to create the world’s most important mobility event, where disruptive technology and innovation drive much needed change. Mixed traffic applications in the Netherlands On the 13th of…

CES review: the future of autonomous vehicles ain’t what it used to be

CES review: the future of autonomous vehicles ain’t what it used to be

CES (the Consumer Electronics Show) has evolved into a major event for anything associated with mobility. Where the first car debuted at the show 20 years ago, in 2016 car manufacturers filled 10% of the exhibition space. Today, they are joined by public transit concepts and operators, making CES a mobility show first and foremost. A mobility show where companies are eager to show innovation, technology and the future of autonomous vehicles.

Smart Systems Summit: presenting about autonomous vehicles

Smart Systems Summit: presenting about autonomous vehicles

2getthere’s Robbert Lohmann will present ‘From automated to autonomous: Rivium business park and Brussels Airport’. The presentation details how the Parkshuttle in the city of Capelle aan den IJssel will be transformed in the world’s first autonomous system operating on public roads without safety driver or steward.

Sharing experiences of the Rivium application at ITS Copenhagen

Sharing experiences of the Rivium application at ITS Copenhagen

Dennis Mica and Rien van der Knaap present ‘The autonomous Rivium ParkShuttle, from dedicated lane to mixed traffic (SAE level 4)’ as part of the Connected, Cooperative and Automated Transport topic. The session starts at 11.00hr on September 20th (Room Montreal, B5 M1).

2getthere presents at the Smart Cities Summit Asia

2getthere presents at the Smart Cities Summit Asia

Smart Cities Summit Asia is Asia’s leading exhibition and conference for smart city technologies where companies and delegations form over 200 cities gather to build people centered smart cities together.

Contributing to the Airport Access Ideas Forum

Contributing to the Airport Access Ideas Forum

2getthere’s Dennis Mica will be contributing to the second Airport Access Ideas Forum on Wednesday 27th of June in London. The Forum is an event designed to highlight the key challenges airports, city planners and ground transport operators need to prepare for when planning airport access for future users.

Help support 2getthere employees swim for a good cause!

Help support 2getthere employees swim for a good cause!

The SingelSwim Utrecht is the only swim in the oldest canal in the Netherlands: Utrecht Singel. In 2015 the first edition took place with a great success. Singel Swim Utrecht is a charity event entirely dedicated to collecting funds and raising the awareness of the FSHD muscle disease.

We are at the SmartDrivingCar Summit, join us!

We are at the SmartDrivingCar Summit, join us!

2getthere will be presenting at the second annual SmartDrivingCar Summit, reporting on the developments in relation to the recent announcement for the Rivium, NTU and Zaventem projects. The conference brings together buyers, sellers and facilitators of autonomous cars, trucks, and buses. It looks at the economic forces behind deployment and commercialization of autonomous vehicle technology—supply, demand, and public oversight.

The Dutch conquering the Smart Cities conference in New York

The Dutch conquering the Smart Cities conference in New York

The Netherlands is driving the future of mobility. Whether it’s smart, green or safe mobility. The May 8th workshop as part of the NY Smart Cities conference allows you to learn the secrets the our success by offering simple, affordable and fast techniques to create a variety of smart mobility solutions.

Livery of the Bluewaters Island vehicles revealed during UITP Middle East

Livery of the Bluewaters Island vehicles revealed during UITP Middle East

In collaboration with Meraas, the Dubai-based holding company behind some of the city’s most popular urban destinations, Dutch technology firm 2getthere officially revealed the first Group Rapid Transit autonomous vehicle that will be used at Bluewaters during the UITP MENA Transport Congress and Exhibition.

Brussels Airport selects 2getthere for autonomous shuttle system

Brussels Airport selects 2getthere for autonomous shuttle system

Brussels Airport and De Lijn have decided to partner with 2getthere, using its fully autonomous (self-driving) vehicles to link Zaventem’s long term parking area with the terminal. Brussels Airport is the first European airport to use autonomous vehicles in fully mixed traffic. The vehicles are expected to hit the road in 2021, after an intensive pilot phase, starting in 2019. Four other constructors were in the race for this highly desirable assignment.

Meet us at the APM Conference in Tampa

Meet us at the APM Conference in Tampa

During the ASCE and TD&I Automated People Mover Conference in Tampa, 2getthere will be present on the Bluewaters Island and Rivium applications as well as on recent research conducted with regards to the incorporation of autonomous vehicles on the airside apron.

MoU signed for Nanyang Technological University

MoU signed for Nanyang Technological University

Nanyang Technological University, SMRT Services and 2getthere have joined forces to deploy fully automated Group Rapid Transit (GRT) autonomous vehicles (AV) on the NTU Smart Campus by 2019. The three parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at a ceremony today, paving the way for the GRT to be integrated into NTU’s transport network.

Exhibiting 3rd generation GRT vehicle at UITP Dubai

Exhibiting 3rd generation GRT vehicle at UITP Dubai

At the upcoming UITP Mena congress and exhibition, 2getthere will be displaying its 3rd generation GRT autonomous vehicle. Accommodating up to 24 passengers, the vehicle will be featured first in the Bluewaters Island development by Meraas.
If you are interested to meet with us, please reach out and contact us.

Workhorse testing of the 3rd generation vehicle

Workhorse testing of the 3rd generation vehicle

At 2getthere’s Utrecht based testsite, the verification and validation team has been busy for months with vehicle tests. On Friday April 5th we filmed one of the first tests with a fully loaded vehicle at 35 kilometers per hour. Even though the speed is already impressive, we are even more pleased with the stability and comfort on the vehicle on the uneven surface and the low noise levels

3rd generation GRT vehicle steals the show at Intertraffic

3rd generation GRT vehicle steals the show at Intertraffic

2getthere’s new vehicle is quite the show as the most photographed object of the Intertraffic exhibition. The praise of visitors of the looks and the build quality if humbling and makes us proud of the product that we are bringing to the market.

Connexxion selected to operate Rivium 3.0

Connexxion selected to operate Rivium 3.0

MRDH has awarded to concession to operate 2getthere’s ParkShuttle for 15 years to public transit operating company Connexion, starting late 2018. When the driverless vehicles hit public roads in 2020, it is a world first for the metropolitan region

Meet us @Intertraffic and see the 3rd generation GRT vehicle

Meet us @Intertraffic and see the 3rd generation GRT vehicle

2getthere will be exhibiting the new 3rd generation GRT autonomous vehicle on the Connekt Dutch Pavillion (booth 08.418) in the Smart Mobility Hall of the exhibition (Hall 8) as well as contributing to a presentation on Rivium 3.0 (Wednesday, March 21 at 14.15hr).

14 million passengers delivered and counting

14 million passengers delivered and counting

Based on the daily operations at Schiphol, Rivium, Floriade and Masdar City, 2getthere delivered over 14 million passengers to their destination to date. This makes 2getthere the most experienced autonomous vehicle supplier.

Driverless vehicles? A piece of cake!

Driverless vehicles? A piece of cake!

February 6th marked the kick-off of the safety assurance process of the Driverless Vehicles project at #Rivium business park in the Netherlands. The application will be the first in the world without safety driver on board and with certification.

Altran delivers new 3rd generation vehicle

Altran delivers new 3rd generation vehicle

With great pride Altran celebrated the new delivery of 2getthere’s driverless vehicles, capable of operating in mixed traffic or as Automated People Mover. The vehicle was fully engineered and produced by Altran, located at the Automotive Campus in Helmond.

Rivium business park first to introduce autonomous shuttles in mixed traffic

Rivium business park first to introduce autonomous shuttles in mixed traffic

2getthere’s ParkShuttle in the Rotterdam region (Capelle aan den IJssel) will be transformed into the world’s first autonomous system operating on public roads without featuring a safety driver or steward on board. With the ParkShuttle, the city aims to further increase regional accessibility. It’s a world premiere for the Netherlands: no permanent autonomous system operates on public roads anywhere in the world.

Demonstrating Level 4 on the biggest stage in the UAE

Demonstrating Level 4 on the biggest stage in the UAE

During the official celebration of the 46th National Day on Saturday evening December 2nd in Abu Dhabi, Masdar and 2getthere’s PRT vehicle took center stage in front of Members of the Royal Families, Supreme Council members, Rulers of the emirates, Crown Princes and Deputy Rulers. The level 4 autonomous vehicle, in full operation at Masdar since 2010, was part of a show entitled ‘Here is the Future’, driving up a ramp to deliver one of the contributors of the show to center stage, allowing him to alight.

Automation and Smart Cities: opportunity or a threat?

Automation and Smart Cities: opportunity or a threat?

Unless wise policy choices are made, autonomous cars could well make our cities even busier and more unsafe than they already are. This is the conclusion of the Utrecht-based technology company 2getthere.

Prototype 3rd generation autonomous vehicles on the move

Prototype 3rd generation autonomous vehicles on the move

Today a special flight departed from Schiphol Airport to Asia. Dutch technology firm 2getthere placed a newly developed prototype Group Rapid Transit (GRT) vehicle on transport to Singapore. The vehicle carries passengers autonomously, without the intervention of a driver or steward. In the future, the vehicle will also serve Bluewaters Island in Dubai and Rivium business park in the Netherlands.

New passenger record at Masdar City

New passenger record at Masdar City

We’ve left the year 2016 with a new record of 41.956 passengers in December, followed by an even more astonishing number of passengers going into the new year; 44.575 passengers in January.

Driverless vehicles as last mile transit from Amsterdam Lelylaan hub

Driverless vehicles as last mile transit from Amsterdam Lelylaan hub

Commissioned by The Royal Institute of Dutch Architects (BNA), a multidisciplinary team consisting of UNStudio (architects/urban designers), Goudappel Coffeng (mobility consultants), Geophy (data specialists) and 2getthere (innovative mobility systems developers) has collaborated on a study that examines the future potential of the integration of infrastructure and city development around the area of Amsterdam’s A10 ring road and the Lelylaan area.

Operations contract of Driverless Parkshuttle extended with 2 years

Operations contract of Driverless Parkshuttle extended with 2 years

The world’s first driverless vehicle, the ParkShuttle at business park Rivium in the city of Capelle aan den IJssel (the Netherlands) will continue operations for at least 2 more years. The Metropolitan region Rotterdam The Hague (MRDH) confirmed the extension until late 2018 of the concession of operator Connexxion last week. The city of Capelle aan den IJssel has voiced the intent to renew the system and expand it once the concession runs out.

2getthere featured in Dutch Innovation Roadshow in Taiwan

2getthere featured in Dutch Innovation Roadshow in Taiwan

This October the Netherlands Trade and Investment Office (NTIO) roadshow is visiting 7 cities and counties in Taiwan, showcasing Dutch innovations. As part of the roadshow, 2getthere’s local agent Land Network, presents on automated transit systems, providing sustainable mobility for more liveable cities.

SMRT (Singapore) and UTS (United Arab Emirates) take a stake in 2getthere

SMRT (Singapore) and UTS (United Arab Emirates) take a stake in 2getthere

SMRT International Pte Ltd (SMRT International) and United Technical Services (UTS) today announced their investments in 2 Getthere Holding B.V. (2getthere), a Netherlands-based company that designs and makes a family of Automated Vehicles (AV). SMRT International is acquiring a 20% stake worth €4 million (SGD 6 million) in 2getthere, while UTS is increasing its holding in 2getthere to 11% against the same valuation.

Advanced Transit Association launches a video on automated vehicles

Advanced Transit Association launches a video on automated vehicles

2getthere is a corporate member of ATRA and a founding member of the ATRA Industry Group, serving on the board and actively contributing to the activities. 2getthere believes that the knowledge on Automated Transit Networks, whether PRT or GRT, is still not widespread, requiring a pro-active approach providing information to customers (cities and developers), professionals (consultants and engineers) and the general public.

2getthere Asia Joint Venture established in Singapore

2getthere Asia Joint Venture established in Singapore

SMRT Services Pte. Ltd. (SMRT Services) and 2 Getthere Holding B.V. (2getthere) today announced a Joint Venture (JV) to market, supply and operate 2getthere’s Automated Vehicle systems in the Asia-Pacific region. In anticipation of the growing demand in the Asia-Pacific region for Automated Vehicles, SMRT Services and 2getthere are also working to deepen our strategic relationship with the view to better support the latter’s development and growth.

2getthere joins Dutch trade association Connekt

2getthere joins Dutch trade association Connekt

On the eve of the European environmental and transit summit in Amsterdam, 2getthere has joined Connekt. With Connekt as an independent network uniting nearly 400 Dutch companies involved in mobility and logistics and 2getthere as the leading company in the field of autonomous transit systems, it is a good match.

2getthere presents at Smart City Expo in Taiwan

2getthere presents at Smart City Expo in Taiwan

At the recent Smart City Expo in Taiwan, 2getthere contributed to a session on Smart Mobility with a presentation entitled ‘Autonomous Vehicles Complementing Existing Transit’.

Enthusiastic prime minister Modi of India visits Masdar

Enthusiastic prime minister Modi of India visits Masdar

For purpose of the visit the service of the PRT system had been reserved exclusively for the large delegation travelling with the Prime Minister. As the Prime Minister left the station, journalists where seen rushing through the station to use one of the other vehicles available at the berths.

All aboard the 3rd generation GRT autonomous vehicle

All aboard the 3rd generation GRT autonomous vehicle

The 3rd generation GRT system will feature all-wheel steering, allowing for even better control of the vehicle and shorter radii in addition to being able to ‘crab’ (drive sideways) at stations.

Performance continued

Performance continued

Over the last 6 months the system has continously achieved a system availability exceeding 99,9%.

Design of 3rd generation Group Rapid Transit system revealed

Design of 3rd generation Group Rapid Transit system revealed

As a preview to 2getthere’s 3rd generation Group Rapid Transit vehicle, the updated design for the vehicle is released today. The design of the 3rd generation is realized in close cooperation with Zagato Milano, the renowned Italian automotive design company.

Masdar City operations head into year 5

Masdar City operations head into year 5

As of November 28, 2014 the operations of the PRT at Masdar City heads into its 5th year. The system continues to proof itself, achieving the highest system availability to date over the past 3 months of operation.

SMRT and 2getthere enter into a partnership for Singapore

SMRT and 2getthere enter into a partnership for Singapore

At the start of the World Eco City Summit, leading transit operator SMRT Ltd’s subsidiary, SMRT International Pte Ltd and technology provider 2getthere signed an exclusive cooperation agreement for the introduction of 2getthere’s innovative driverless transit systems to Singapore. The agreement was signed by Goh Eng Kiat, Managing Director, SMRT International, and Carel van Helsdingen, Chief Executive Officer, 2getthere, on 2 June 2014

Masdar PRT system eclipses 1 million passenger-mark

Masdar PRT system eclipses 1 million passenger-mark

On May 22nd at 13.55 hours, the PRT system at Masdar welcomed its 1 millionth passenger. The PRT system at Masdar City was the first PRT system to open to the general public on November 28, 2010.

UTS and 2getthere celebrate 15 years co-operation

UTS and 2getthere celebrate 15 years co-operation

On May 20th United Technical Services (UTS) and 2getthere celebrated 15 years of co-operation. In May 1999 the first joint efforts between United Technical Services and 2getthere were made, marketing the innovative transit systems within the United Arab Emirates.

ATRA webinar: Public Transport Comple(men)ted (May 29, 2014)

ATRA webinar: Public Transport Comple(men)ted (May 29, 2014)

As founding member 2getthere would like to invite you to join the webinar organized by the Advanced Transit Association Industry Group (ATRA IG) on May 29th at 15.00hr (UK time). The webinar is entitled ‘Public Transport Complemented’ and will feature speakers from some of our members including PRT Consulting, ULTra Global PRT and 2getthere providing an introduction to Automated Transit Networks. It will last approximately 40 minutes after which there will be opportunity to ask questions to the speakers and members of the ATRA Industry Group.

Masdar PRT system 3 year anniversary

Masdar PRT system 3 year anniversary

On November 28th 2010 the Masdar City PRT application was the world’s first podcar system to open to the general public. Last week the system celebrated the completion of its third year of operation, having transported over 819,000 passengers during that time. The operations of the system were temporarily seized during that time to allow for various work on phase 1B of Masdar City.

2getthere participating in the iMobility Challenge

2getthere participating in the iMobility Challenge

On September 11th 2getthere participated in the iMobility Challenge at the Valkenburg airstrip in the Netherlands. With the motto “intelligent mobility for Smart Cities” and the vision to demonstrate how European cities can be provided with smart, energy-efficient, low-pollution and safe transport systems, this event was a high-level technology demonstration day

Brink TV channel reports on the Masdar City PRT system

Brink TV channel reports on the Masdar City PRT system

Bloomberg Brink is a new original series exploring the revolutionaries, dreamers and disrupters reshaping the future of entire industries. As part of their series Bloomberg Brink also reports on Masdar and the PRT (starting 14 minutes into the report).

Land Network and 2getthere host Podcar Forum Taiwan

Land Network and 2getthere host Podcar Forum Taiwan

On Friday March 8th 2getthere’s Taiwan based agent Land Network organized a highly successful mini-conference entitled Podcar Rapid Transit Forum. The forum was visited by over 100 professionals, representing counties

Masdar Pods are included in Wild Arabia broadcast

Masdar Pods are included in Wild Arabia broadcast

Wild Arabia explores the amazing contrasts and remarkable people that make Arabia so intoxicating.’ The BBC show Wild Arabia also includes a report on the Masdar development – and the automated PRT system part of it. In episode 3, Shifting Sands, the development and the system are shown, 43 and 45 minutes in respectively.

2getthere’s PRT system at Masdar City awarded prestigious Sustainability award

2getthere’s PRT system at Masdar City awarded prestigious Sustainability award

Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, awarded Masdar first prize in the category of Mobility Management of the Dubai Award for Sustainable Transportation. Yousef Baselaib, Director of Business Support, and Zuha Moussa, Head of Contracts and Procurement at Masdar received the award.

500.000 Passenger mark at masdar city reached

500.000 Passenger mark at masdar city reached

On November 20th 2012, just two years after the official opening of the PRT system at Masdar City, the system welcomed its 500.000 passenger. An important milestone for Masdar and the PRT system. 2getthere is content and very proud of the achievement, as it confirms the passenger load handles is approximately three times higher than originally expected.

Popular series ‘Fully Charged’ visits Masdar and rides PRT system

Popular series ‘Fully Charged’ visits Masdar and rides PRT system

Fully Charged is a weekly video podcast from the creator of ‘Carpool,’ Robert Llewellyn. The show takes a look at the realities of using electric vehicles, looking behind the myths, seeking the truth about electric cars. In this series he also visits Masdar City and the PRT system, dedicating two episodes of his show to the sustainable city.

Steady growth of Passengers for Masdar City PRT system

Steady growth of Passengers for Masdar City PRT system

The application at Masdar has been operational for over 15 months now, with the passenger number still increasing. February 2012 marked the most passengers using the system to date, even though no special events were organized at Masdar during this period.

During the 40 year celebration of the UAE dancers come together to show Masdar Pods

During the 40 year celebration of the UAE dancers come together to show Masdar Pods

the 40th UAE National Day was celebrated. The celebration reflected on ‘the spirit that ties us together, the Spirit of the Union that enables millions of people to coexist and build lives together. In the celebration Masdar City was also highlighted – with the PRT vehicles also taking to the stage. Dancers carrying parts of the vehicle came together to form the vehicle shape.

Masdar PRT System Year 1 Review

Masdar PRT System Year 1 Review

On November 27th the first year of Operations and Maintenance of the PRT system at Masdar City was concluded. Over the year the system carried over 230.000 passengers, including VIPs such as His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi), Mr. Ban Ki Moon (Secretary-General United Nations), Queen Noor (Jordan), Prince Albert (Monaco) and Prinses Victoria (Sweden).

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