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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 Friedrichshafen AG has acquired a 60 percent share of 2getthere B.V. The company offers complete automated transport systems and is located in Utrecht/Netherlands, with offices in San Francisco, Dubai and Singapore. Applications range from driverless electric transport systems at airports, business and theme parks to dedicated urban transport infrastructures. With this strategic investment, ZF is executing its Next Generation Mobility strategy to strengthen its foothold in the Mobility as a Service and automated guided vehicle growth markets, and complements its existing activities.

“2getthere has more than three decades of experience in the market for autonomous passenger transport vehicles as well as unique engineering and software competences. This acquisition supports our strategy to become a leading autonomous transportation systems supplier in the booming new mobility market”, said Wolf-Henning Scheider, Chairman of the Board of Management at ZF Friedrichshafen AG. With its strategic investment, ZF is strengthening its position in the growth markets of Mobility-as-a-Service solutions, autonomous transport systems, and shared autonomous vehicles. The majority stake in 2getthere complements ZF’s existing investments and co-operations, such as the e.GO Moove, a joint venture with e.GO Mobile AG, which targets the production of the e.GO Mover autonomous minibus, as well as Transdev, a leading operator and global provider of integrated mobility solutions.

Enabling growth and accelerating development

2getthere was founded in 1984. Since then 2getthere accumulated more than 100 million kilometers of autonomous mileage with driverless passenger and cargo transport systems in several major cities worldwide, including Rotterdam, Abu Dhabi and Singapore, as well as numerous ports and airports. 2getthere’ s driverless systems, in revenue service at business park Rivium (Capelle aan den IJssel) and Masdar City (Abu Dhabi) have transported more than 14 million people, fully electric and reliable. The reliability of the systems installed by 2getthere, including vehicle controls and software architecture, exceeds 99.7 percent.

“The market for driverless electric transport systems is developing dynamically. We want to continue to lead the market and the involvement of ZF is helping us to realize our growth plans, accelerate our technology roadmap and provide the required security for new and existing customers,” said Carel C. van Helsdingen, founder and CEO of 2getthere. “The technological cooperation with ZF will support 2getthere’s work for the delivery of mixed traffic applications like Rivium and Brussels Airport.” Looking at the past three years alone, the company’s revenue has increased by 60 percent.

Developing technologies for autonomous transport

In the future, ZF and 2getthere will closely work together to further develop technologies for autonomous transport systems.
“We have developed into a complete systems supplier for automated functions and we are therefore in a perfect position to support 2getthere. We can deliver electric drivelines, solutions for sensor technology, high performance computing, and actuators for all levels of automated applications,” explained Scheider. Conversely, ZF will also benefit from the vast field experience of the Dutch company and its extensive engineering and software competences when it comes to configuring and implementing complete autonomous transport systems. 2getthere’s engineering and software development teams in Utrecht are expected to grow significantly over the next years, approximately doubling the current 60 employees.

The two companies agreed not to disclose the transaction volume.

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The future of urban mobility (26-27 february): 2getthere’s 3rd generation autonomous shuttle

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The future of urban mobility is here: explore the technology and innovation for urban mobility and emerging smart transport infrastructure models.

Experience the 3rd generation autonomous shuttle

On February 26 and 27, 2getthere’s 3rd generation is on full display at the Smart Urban Mobility conference in Dubai. The vehicle on display is a fully customized version, featuring a special livery. Details on the custimization and the livery will only be released at a later date – keep an eye on our social media.

2getthere’s autonomous vehicle is unique in the market: it is the only vehicle that is bi-directional and features doors on both sides. In addition, it is the only one featuring an air-conditioning fit for the Middle East climate. It features a higher speed as well: up to 40km/hr. The vehicle sets itself apart in its look-and-feel (designed by Zagato) and build quality (assembly by Altran). It accommodates up to 24 passengers and features rapid recharging (within 10 minutes), thus requiring a significantly smaller fleet size to meet the capacity throughout the day.

Want to hear and see more? Curious about the customization and livery? Visit us at ‘The Future of Urban Mobility’!

The future of smart urban mobility is here

Middle East Smart Mobility is a strategic high-level conference and collocated exhibition covering major industry trends from intelligent transport systems, autonomous travel, urban planning, sustainable mobility, payments and ticketing, big data and analytics, connected transport and much more. Bringing together over 200 speakers and 7500 attendees from across the region, this event will cover the entire smart transport ecosystem.

The exhibition and conference is organized alongside Middle East Rail.

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Speaking on mixed traffic at Move 2019

Move2019

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 February 2getthere is speaking on automated transit systems: mixed traffic applications in the Netherlands. The Netherlands has a rich history with the very first autonomous vehicle being introduced at Schiphol Airport in 1997 and the first urban application at Rivium business park in the city of Capelle aan den IJssel. From the first generation in 1999, to the 2nd generation in 2006 and the new 3rd generation to be introduced in 2019 with mixed traffic commencing in 2020. Robbert Lohmann will outline the various phases and considerations that were made in moving from one generation to the next and the experiences gathered along the way.

The story of MOVE

MOVE will bring together disruptors, their technology and their attitude with stakeholders across all modes and disciplines: to dialogue, to create insight and to promote collaboration. We guarantee to be more expansive and multi-disciplined than any other event on the planet.

New thinking and new action is required now because existing transportation paradigms are broken beyond repair and are often the cause of the problem, not the solution.

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Business Development Manager

2getthere is looking for a business development manager to represent 2getthere, engage the market and close deals for permanent applications

Description

We are growing and expanding! Are you experienced and successful in complex B2B sales and ready to be part of the future? Do you want to join an eager sales team, realize high value, international and complex transit systems and help 2getthere to maintain its position of market leader in autonomous transit systems?

The Business Development Manager we are looking for is responsible for finding, following up and closing new projects. You work together closely with your sales colleagues and the sales engineers to convert opportunities into contracts, actively participating in the design of the transit system to ensure the solution provided meets and exceeds the requirements of the customer. Given the typical sales cycle, you build relationships with the customer, the stakeholders and the project partners. You maintain your network in the market, forming an understanding and trust with companies typically involved early in the process on the customer side. You are strategically strong and comfortable in discussions with C level contacts, seeing and recognizing opportunities where others don’t and have a strong focus on your projects in combination with a ‘never give up’ attitude.

Job Duties

In order for the Business Development Manager to perform as expected, he/she shall have the responsibility to:
– set up a strategic sales plan for your focus area
– deliver on the plan and sales targets defined
– actively support colleagues to bring leads further
– generate new leads from your network and events
– convert leads to contracts through a well defined and
   executed strategy for each case
– collaboration closely with engineering and management
– negotiate terms and conditions for new project and business
   opportunities with clients and partners
– build and maintain contacts with market stakeholders
– keep track of the market, competition and trends
– work with the marketing and communications coordinator for
   the positioning of the company in the market
– keep track of the market demand of technological solutions
– be actively involved in tenders, setting the strategy, pricing
   and conditions as well as writing documents
– engage new potential projects through presenting at
   conferences and seminars
– be actively involved in creating new marketing activities

Your skills and expertise:

– Bachelor’s degree or higher working- and competence level
– Affinity with Mobility and Public Transit, Technology and
   Engineering and Sustainability
– Experience >6 Years with international B2B sales of
   complex systems
– Experience in consultative selling
– In-depth knowledge of sales and business development
   strategies and techniques
– Experience with tenders, successful track record
– Must be able to write/describe concepts, excellent writing
   skills in English
– Good knowledge of Microsoft Office
– Strategic view, accurate and analytical
– Good understanding of cultures and people
– Experienced with giving presentations to larger audiences
– Excellent communication skills
– Fluent in English
– Ability to frequently travel internationally
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

How to stand out:

‒ Proven track record of selling large transit systems
   (automated people movers, trams, monorails)
‒ Experience with leading tender responses
‒ A strong network within Cities, Airports, Public transit
   operators and/or consultants
‒ Experience with Jira and Confluence
‒ Fluent Dutch and/or other languages

Our offer:

‒ A dynamic working environment in a fast growing
   organization and market
‒ An international environment; we are active in Europe,
   the Middle East, Northern America and South-East Asia
   and have colleagues from 10 countries.
‒ A company that is flexible, has a no nonsense mentality and
   where having an opinion is appreciated
‒ Challenging projects and the support of experienced
   colleagues
‒ A competitive compensation package

Please note that this vacancy is open to applicants from within the EU only. Relocation to the Netherlands is required. Relocation costs are not reimbursed.

 
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Test Engineer

Test Engineer

by Rolo

2getthere is looking for a Test Engineer wanting to prepare and execute the required test cases to deliver autonomous vehicle systems to projects worldwide

Description

Looking for international job experience? A desire to work with cutting edge technology involving automated vehicles? The company 2getthere has a long history in control of automated vehicles. These vehicles are controlled using software and are managed fleet wide using a supervisory system both of which are developed by 2getthere. With an increasing amount of projects we have an opportunity for an additional test engineer. The test engineer will be responsible for the preparation and execution of the required test cases for both the automated vehicle and supervisor systems, followed by administrating and communicating the results.

Job Duties

– Set up and configuration for new applications
– Reviewing requirements and specifications
– Preparation and execution of different levels of testing during a project. The scope of testing varies from a single component to a complete system with multiple vehicles
   – Troubleshooting (complex) electro-mechanical systems
   – Reporting and solving any issues that arise, in cooperation with development teams
– Reporting and documenting of test results
– Training and support, on-site and remotely
– Customer and internal demonstration of developed systems

Your skills and expertise:

You have a bachelor in Mechanical-, electrical- ,control systems engineering, computer science, mechatronics, industrial automation or related fields.

Minimum qualifications:
– Two years experience in testing mechatronic applications
– Take ownership of work, strong sense of responsibility
– Stress resistant
– Ability to work in a team, including remotely
– Hands-on mentality
– Strong analytical capabilities
– Accuracy in test execution, documentation and reporting
– Professional communication in English and Dutch
– Willingness to travel abroad

Preferred qualifications:
– 2-5 years experience testing mechatronic applications
– Multi disciplinary
– Good at keeping an overview
– Programming/Scripting experience, e.g. C/C++, python,
   bash and tcl
– Experience with Linux (Ubuntu)

Our offer:

We offer you a position as a test engineer in a growing organization, an innovative work environment, fresh brewed coffee during working hours and colleagues with humor. Salary and benefits are competitive, based on knowledge and experience.

Please note that this vacancy is open to applicants from within the EU only. Relocation to the Netherlands is required. Relocation costs are not reimbursed.

Recruitment by commercial agencies in relation to this vacancy is not appreciated.

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Vehicle Software Developer

2getthere is looking for a vehicle software developer wanting to contribute to our Forces software controlling our autonomous vehicles on their route to the future

Description

2getthere has a long history in delivering autonomous transit systems. These systems are using automated vehicles controlled by a state-of-the-art software product named ‘Forces’. With an increasing number of projects, we are looking for an experienced vehicle software developer to strengthen our experienced team of software developers.

Job Duties

You will be responsible for:
– Software and system design
– Software development and implementation for real-time
   vehicle control
– Design and implementation of unit, subsystem and
   integration tests
– Set up and configuration of new applications
– Reporting and documentation
– Training and support of junior team members

Your skills and expertise:

– MSc or PhD in control or software engineering or related
   field with an interest in automation
– Experienced in C++ and other programming or scripting
   languages
– Experience with version control systems (GIT, subversion)
– At least 5 years of relevant working experience
– Strong analytical skills
– Team player that is also capable of working independently
– Accuracy in software design, implementation and
   documentation
– Professional written and verbal communication in English
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

How to stand-out:

You have:
– Experience with Linux and its development tools
– Knowledge of vehicle protocols and interfaces (CANopen,
   Ethernet, etc)
– Experience with sensors and actuators used in the
   automotive industry
– Experience with software development for safety related
   systems

Our offer:

We offer you a position as Vehicle software developer in a growing organization with a clear mission and a strong drive. Salary and benefits are market conform and based on knowledge and experience.

Please note that this vacancy is open to applicants from within the EU only. Relocation to the Netherlands is required. Relocation costs are not reimbursed.

 
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Senior System Engineer

2getthere is looking for a senior system engineer wanting to define the concept of operations and system requirements for autonomous vehicle systems worldwide

Description

2getthere has a long history of delivering autonomous transit systems. Due to an increasing amount of projects and leads we have a job opening for an experienced systems engineer that can reinforce the engineering team and support the various engineering activities needed to realize these innovative systems. As a systems engineer you are responsible for engineering activities throughout the system life cycle.

During the concept phase of the project the system engineer is responsible for definition of a concept of operations and the overall system requirements, which will be further detailed in subsequent project phases to subsystem requirments such as the vehicles, the civil infrastructure (stations, guideways, etc.) the supervisor system and the ICT infrastructure. As a senior system engineer, you will be part of a cross functional team and work closely together with project management and the product manager, on customer project implementations and product development as well as contribute to the enhancement of technology.

Job Duties

– Functional analysis and concept design for (sub)systems
– Specification and review of (sub-)system requirements
– Setup simulation models for various system elements
– Specification of (sub-)system interfaces
– Cooperation with sub-contractors and software development
– Assessment design alternatives and component selection
– Technical coordination with customer and suppliers
– Support test- and commissioning engineers
– Support project management with technical risks
– Support safety management with safety risks
– Participate in FMEA’s and FTA’s
– Share technical knowhow and subject matter expertise

Your skills and expertise:

– Minimum HBO level, preferably with a technical background
– Minimal 5 years experience as systems engineer
– Excellent communication skills (English and Dutch)
– Experience with multi-disciplinary projects
– Experience with requirement management and tooling

Your characteristics:

– Proactive, organized, accurate and punctual
– Helicopter view
– Strong sense of responsibility
– Cost and time conscious (deadlines)
– Safety Conscious
– Flexible
– Perseverant
– Team player

Our offer:

We offer you a position as system engineer in a growing organization. Salary and benefits are market conform and based on knowledge and experience.

Please note that this vacancy is open to applicants from within the EU only. Relocation to the Netherlands is required. Relocation costs are not reimbursed.

 
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Sales Engineer

Sales Engineer

by Rolo

a sales engineer to configure, design, develop and integrate our autonomous vehicles systems in any environment

Description

The Sales Engineer provides technical support to the sales department and bid manager during the sales and tender phase of new/potential projects. The Sales Engineer provides the manager with preliminary system calculations and high-level system design mainly in order to acquire new projects or to satisfy customer demands/question in the (pre) tender phase. In order to provide realistic technical information to the manager/ sales department, the Sales Engineer keeps a close relationship with system engineering to ensure the proposed solutions are feasible. The Sales Engineer forms the connection between the short turnaround times and need to meet the customer requirements wanted by sales and the careful analysis and fit the system characteristics and constraints by engineering.

Job Duties

– Track/maintain products specifications and capabilities
– Track near future and long-term development plans
– Track/maintain time schedule for technology releases
– Track market demand technological solutions
– Coordinate with system engineering
– Support sales with technical (written) descriptions
– Support bid manager in performing system calculations
– Perform simulations and create system concept drawings
– Set-up cost calculations
– Maintain cost estimates in the calculation template
– Provide sales department with system documentation

Your skills and expertise:

– Bachelor’s degree working- and competence level (HBO)
   with 3 to 5 years working experience
– Affinity with Logistics, Technology, Engineering and Sales
– Must be able to write and describe concepts in a logical
   and convincing manner
– Proficient in Microsoft Office
– Proficient in simulation tools for logistic cases
– Proficient in AutoCAD
– Experience with MS Project
– Experience with Jira and Confluence
– Good knowledge of English

Your characteristics:

– Proactive, organized, accurate and punctual
– Strong sense of responsibility
– Cost and time conscious (deadlines)
– Safety Conscious
– Willing to travel internationally

Our offer:

We offer you a position as sales engineer in a growing organization. Salary and benefits are competitive, relative to your knowledge and experience.

Please note that this vacancy is open to applicants from within the EU only. Relocation to the Netherlands is required. Relocation costs are not reimbursed.

 
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Systems Integration/Embedded Software Engineer

2getthere is looking for a Systems Integration Engineer/Embedded Software Engineer to continuously improve the algorithmic and computational performance

Description

2getthere has a long history of delivering autonomous transit systems. Due to an increasing amount of projects and leads we have a job opening for a systems integration/embedded software engineer that can reinforce the team and support the various activities needed to realize these innovative systems. As a R&D systems integration engineer/embedded software engineer, you will be part of a cross functional team and work closely together with experts in the field of perception and cooperative driving on R&D projects to contribute to the enhancement of technology.

Job Duties

– Work on our autonomous platforms, improving their function
– Direct support of our R&D activities and projects
– Support porting, integration and optimization of new
   features and software into high-end embedded controllers
– Support activities in embedded software development cycle
– Work on areas such as perception, vehicle ego-motion,
   sensor self-calibration mapping and localization using
   various sensor modalities (Radar, Camera, LIDAR,
   GPS/INS)
– Solidifying existing algorithms and working with large
   amounts of real and synthetic data to continuously
   improve the algorithmic and computational performance

Your skills and expertise:

– BSc/MSc in Robotics, Computer Engineering, Computer
   Science, Embedded Systems or relevant studies
   (Masters degree preferred)
– 0~2 years professional software development experience
– Strong skill-level developing software for embedded
   devices using C/C++, Python
– Fluency with Linux development environments
– Comfortable with the standard development tools such as
   versioning tools (Git, SVN) and built process and validation
   automation tools (CMake, Jenkins)
– Experience with embedded systems and microcontrollers
– Ability to clearly communicate on technical topics with
   non-technical colleagues and across levels in company
– Curiosity to learn new skills and also to find solutions
   to complex problems
 
 
 
 
 
 

How to stand-out:

Strong pluses are:
– Experience implementing algorithms in Robotics,
   Computer Vision and/or Machine Learning
– Experience with ROS/Matlab-Simulink/OPEN CL/PCL
– Familiarity with sensors GPS/IMU/Camera/LiDAR/
   Radar/Ultras

Our offer:

We offer you a position as Systems Integration/Embedded Software Engineer in a growing organization. Salary and benefits are competitive and based on knowledge and experience.

Please note that this vacancy is open to applicants from within the EU only. Relocation to the Netherlands is required. Relocation costs are not reimbursed.

 
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Path Planning/Situational Awareness Engineer

2getthere is looking for a Path planning/Situational awareness engineer to plan our routes moving forward in a dynamic environment with mixed traffic

Description

2getthere has a long history of delivering autonomous transit systems. Due to an increasing amount of projects and leads we have a job opening for an experienced Path planning/Situational awareness engineer that can reinforce the team and support the various activities needed to realize these innovative systems. As a path planning/situational awareness engineer, you will be part of a cross functional team and work closely together with experts in the field of perception and cooperative driving on R&D projects to contribute to the enhancement of technology.

Job Duties

You will:
– work in a small R&D team meeting the overall targets
– develop and implement path planning algorithms for
   autonomous vehicles prove correct behaviour via
   analysis and documentation
– solidify algorithm designs using real data and help
   improve the quality of algorithmic results
– collaborate with different teams to understand the input and
   output signals (interfaces) ensure the design is aligned
   with other elements of the system, minimize inefficiencies,
   latency and improve performance
– work with the companies processes ensuring documentation
   and traceability are provided for every step

Your skills and expertise:

– PhD or MS (preferably with experience) in:
   – CS/CE/EE/ME/Robotics or equivalent
   – focus on Motion/Path Planning or related field
– Strong knowledge of:
   – configuration spaces
   – planning techniques (A*, D*, RRTs, PRMs, Convex
      programming, Probabilistic Planning, etc.)
– Communication skills (English)
– Highly skilled in motion planning and control theory
– Experience with programming and algorithm design
– Experience with model design (matlab/simulink)
– Knowledge in RT issues and dependencies
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

How to stand out:

– C programming/debugging skills, C++ proficiency
– Experience in path planning development for
   autonomous vehicles
– Familiarity with ROS
– Experience with software engineering tools and linux
   environment (e.g., Git, CMake, CI, gdb,etc)

Our offer:

We offer you a position as path planner/situational engineer in a growing organization. Salary and benefits are comptitive and based on knowledge and experience.

Please note that this vacancy is open to applicants from within the EU only. Relocation to the Netherlands is required. Relocation costs are not reimbursed.

 
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TOMS Supervisory System Developer

2getthere is looking for a software developer anxious to work with the latest technologies to further improve the best supervisory system available for autonomous vehicles

Description

TOMS (Transit Operations Monitoring and Supervision), one of our flagship products based on 25+ years’ experience monitors and controls the daily operations of the transit systems deployed by 2getthere. Among the functionalities offered by TOMS are fleet control, traffic control (collision avoidance and deadlock prevention), order management, order dispatching, route planning, vehicle control, fleet load balancing to assure service level targets and system logging/reporting. TOMS’ architecture consists of a set of distributed services and apps and HTML5 web apps communicating over web sockets. It has been designed to be robust, scalable, extendible, and flexible.

You’ll be member of an experienced team of software developers. You will also work intensively together with our product manager, test manager and customer project managers.

Job Duties

– Set-up/configuration of supervisor software
– Enhance TOMS functionality by project extensions
– Contribute to product and project quality
– Enable continuous development, delivery, and testing
– Configure existing TOMS software to projects
– Extend business logic rules and hardware interfaces
– Document customer software configuration
– Design and implement unit and integration tests
– Design and implement device simulators
– Advise and support project- and commissioning engineers
– Document and share knowledge

Your skills and expertise:

– Education level bachelor or master in technical direction
– 1-3 years’ work experience in software engineering
– Experience with scripting languages (Javascript, Python)
– Knowledge of the entire application development lifecycle
– Experience frameworks (Moocha, Python’s UnitTest)
– Experience networking and protocols (CAN, Modbus,
   MQTT)
– Experience version management tooling (GIT, SVN,
   Jenkins)
– Some experience with Linux

It would be great if you also have experience or affinity with:
– containerized software deployment (CoreOS, Docker)
– mechatronic systems
– Internet of Things (hobby) projects
– Production rule system
– Analytics and reporting tools
– Implementing business critical applications

Your characteristics:

– Able to act as system admin, tester and developer
– Communicative, in spoken word and in writing
– Self-reliant with hands-on mentalit
– Analytical: a log file is not the same a bug report
– Hardy spirit: the last 20% takes 80% of the effort

Our offer:

We offer you a position as software developer in a growing organization. Salary and benefits are market conform and based on knowledge and experience.

Please note that this vacancy is open to applicants from within the EU only. Relocation to the Netherlands is required. Relocation costs are not reimbursed.

 
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Autonomous Shuttles: mixed traffic on existing roads for financially viable transit for modest volumes

Driverless Buses

Driverless buses are the future, as Morgan Stanley states the car of the future is shared, autonomous and electric. Which means that the introduction of driverless vehicles actually starts – and should start – with the introduction of autonomous shuttles. Such public transit vehicles are the key to ensure the liveability of cities by ensuring the appeal of the driverless car doesn’t result in an increase of the number of cars and car movements on city streets. Driverless buses are available as a 4-passenger taxi and 20-passenger mini-bus.

Mixed traffic

Safely integrating driverless buses in mixed traffic is (only) possible today when operating in a semi-controlled environment. In suchenvironment the complexity of mixed operations is reduced through a degree of control over the four application aspects (1) speed, (2) intersections, (3) access and (4) behavior. In case of insufficient control of the complexity the only way to ensure the safety today, is by means of safety driver or steward and low(er) speeds restricting the throughput and capcity that can be realized.

2getthere’s applications

The first applications of driverless buses are expected in a limited size, dedicated area. 2getthere’s Rivium system operates in a semi-controlled environment: although operating on a dedicated track, there is no control over access to the track and the behavior of other road users. The vehicles were actually used in various mixed traffic demonstrations in 2003 and 2004. The Rivium ParkShuttle serves as a benchmark for 2getthere in the study of the requirements for safe integration of automated vehicles in various environments.

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Automated Transit Networks: direct origin to destination travel on a network of dedicated guideways

Automated Transit Networks

2getthere’s Automated Transit Networks (ATN) feature automated vehicles operating on a dedicated network of ‘guideways’. They are able to serve numerous origins and destinations, with the guideways optionally constructed at grade, with at grade intersections. Passengers benefit from on demand operations or at a high frequency. At the same time cities benefit from the reduction of car traffic, congestion and the environmentally friendly character. Developers maximize land value and reduce space wasted for non-value added activities.

2getthere’s ATN

2getthere deploys two types of automated vehicles in ATN networks: the 4 to 6 passenger PRT (Personal Rapid Transit) and the 16 to 24 passenger GRT (Group Rapid Transit). The PRT vehicles operate as automated taxi’s: on demand, connecting origin-to-destination directly, with passengers paying for the service per vehicle. The GRT vehicles resemble automated mini-busses: operating at a high frequency, with passengers paying for transit per seat. Typical applications include universities, hospitals, business parks and airports.

Why opt for ATN?

ATN systems’ dedicated guideways ensure both safety and throughput, while the small and light-weight automated vehicles provide flexibility to operate in a network.They provide lower operational and life-cycle costs compared to APM systems. 2getthere is the leading supplier of ATN systems, with 4 applications realized to date. This includes the first (and only) automated vehicle system with at grade intersections at Rivium business park in the city of Capelle aan den IJssel (the Netherlands) and the world’s first PRT system at Masdar City (Abu Dhabi).

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Automated People Movers: segragated infrastructure with grade separated crossings for high capacities

 

Automated People Mover Systems

Automated People Mover Systems (APM) use dedicated (elevated) guideways to facilitate direct, high capacity connections along a corridor. Where traditional APM systems use large vehicles at low frequencies, 2getthere employs 24-passenger GRT vehicles at high frequencies. The system accommodates capacities in excess of 5,000 passengers per hour per direction. With a maximum speed of 60km/hr, the system is suited to serve both short connections (up to 1.5 kilometer) as well as long corridors (e.g. 12 kilometers).

De-railing APM costs

2getthere’s Automated People Mover Systems cost 50% to 75% of traditional systems. The actual difference depends on the required capacity and the length of the connection. This cost advantage directly results from the lack of rail, the reduced infrastructure costs and the increased flexibility. The off-line stations allow express connections between major attractors to be established. In addition the service level is higher (and hence the possible revenues), resulting in a more attractive business case.

People Mover Applications

Automated People Mover Systems are common at the world’s major airports. The lower costs make 2getthere’s APM systems suited for smaller airports as well. The systems are also suited for urban applications, both for point-to-point connections as well as corridors. This is especially the case when initial demand is relatively low and growing over time, or in case of significant deviations in demand between the various hours of operations. The smaller vehicles and flexibility allows for networks to be realized.

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Ynnovators Day

Ynnovators DayRobbert Lohmann, Chief Commercial Officer

These are mutually benificial meetings to host,learning and gaining knowledge from eachother.

Ynnovators Day

On November 27, 2getthere is hosting one of the visits for the Ynnovators Day. Ynnovators Day is organized every year by the Foundation Ynnovate, a network of over 1,000 government employees working on innovations. This year’s edition is themed ‘Future Forward’ and promises to be be a very special edition. Is governement sufficiently innovative? What are the major challenges facing government?

This year the Ynnovators Day is based in Utrecht and hence 2getthere is a logical choice to contribute. Being a the forefront of autonomous vehicles and actually bringing the future forward, we appreciate the opportunity to exchange thoughts and experiences with the Ynnovators to discuss how new transit systems can be introduced quicker and better.

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The 2018 edition of the Ynnovators Day is already sold out. This year the participants will be working on the vision of government on the future, to be used as a source of inspiration for cities and regional governments. The result will be presented on January 14th during the New Year’s celebration

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a Mondial impression

Mondial Impression 2018Robbert Lohmann, Chief Commercial Officer

The exhibition was very succesful with our GRT vehicle drawing praise for looks, spaciousness and engineering quality.

A Mondial impression

In conjunction with the Paris Autoshow, MONDIAL.TECH was organized. 2getthere’s GRT vehicle was exhibited at the booth of our vehicle engineering partner Altran, as part of the new international BtoB experience for mobility innovators to meet and make business. Altran developed the vehicle chassis for 2getthere and responsible for the vehicle engineering as well as the assembly of the first series. With the work for 2getthere, this automatically makes Altran the largest French supplier of autonomous shuttles.

To get an impression of the show and what you missed, see the video below!

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Innovation Expo

Innovation ExpoDennis Mica, Business Development Manager

The most advanced autonomous vehicle, to be introduced at Rivium business park next year, will be at the Innovation Expo.

3rd gen Autonomous Shuttle

The Innovation Expo 2018 (October 4) is open to visitors from 09.00 a.m. until 08.00 p.m. The bustling expo hall (closing at 06.00 p.m.) features a host of interesting and amazing innovations. In addition, you may participate in in-depth substantive sessions. 2getthere will be exhibiting as well: for more information please visit https://innovationexpo2018.nl/en/programma/2getthere/.

Just like at Intertraffic, 2getthere will have its 3rd generation vehicle on display. The vehicles is the most advanced in the market and is in a class of its own in terms of build quality. This is a direct result of the long life requirement set for the vehicle, while being developed for the heavy requirements of public transit use. Join us at the RDM campus to see for yourself that self driving vehicles are mature enough to provide operations on a daily basis.

Innovation Expo

Taking innovations further, realising breakthroughs, and thus contributing to the social challenges we are facing in our country and in the world. That is the ambition of the Innovation Expo 2018 (IE2018) in Rotterdam. On 4 October 2018, the RDM Submarine Wharf in Rotterdam South will be transformed into one big Living Lab. A while ago, under the flag of the National Programme Rotterdam South, we started to work on improving education, employment, safety, and living conditions in this area. Here, in these remarkable, dynamic surroundings, participants in the IE2018 will experience the latest trends and innovations that help to keep our country safe, liveable, and accessible.

The IE2018 is a sample sheet of the most recent and high-profile developments that the Netherlands has to offer. We will present Dutch solutions to the major social challenges in the fields of the circular economy, energy, water, mobility, the built-up environment, health, and food, as well as the required enabling technologies.

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ITS-Copenhagen-2018

ITS Copenhagen 2018Dennis Mica, Business Development Manager

We will be at ITS Copenhagen and are always available for a good exchange: whether on technology, lessons learned or your plans!

ITS Copenhagen 2018

The ITS World congress is hosted by Copenhagen in 2018, before coming to Helmond in the Netherlands next year. With 2getthere’s vehicle production and testing in Helmond, and the Rivium project in testing and commissioning by that stage, we are certainly looking forward to displaying our vehicles to visitors.

Obviously, we’ll also present at ITS Copenhagen 2018. 2getthere’s Dennis Mica and Rien van der Knaap (OC Mobility), project manager on behalf of the City of Capelle aan den IJssel, are presenting ‘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).

Please join us to learn more about the first autonomous vehicle project (1999), the extension and operations of the 2nd generation to date and the planned extension now in progress. In mixed traffic, without safety steward and at speeds in excess of 25kph.

For more information on the conference program, please visit the conference website.

About the ITS World Congress

ERTICO ITS Europe organises either an ITS World Congress or an ITS European Congress every year. The Congresses provides the ideal opportunity for all stakeholders to come together, discuss and make the necessary contacts to move initiatives forward and to develop their business by exhibiting and demonstrating state of the art ITS solutions.

During the Congress, ERTICO Partners also have the opportunity to arrange more focused ancillary events before, during and after the Congress, as well as having access to meeting rooms, lounge areas and hospitality rooms. ERTICO develops specific mobile applications, networking facilities, webinars, videos, interviews and articles on both topics in focus at the Congress but also on the different companies participating. This provides the ERTICO Partners with yet another means to promote their technologies and services.

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safety-security-reliability

safety, security and reliabilityRobbert Lohmann, Chief Commercial Officer

If we really want to learn more about autonomous transit systems we’ll have to look at permanent systems in daily use.

safety, security and reliability

The autonomous vehicles that the Dutch municipality of Capelle aan den IJssel deploys to connect the Rivium business park and metro station Kralingse Zoom received high marks for safety, security and reliability by passengers. This is the outcome of a quantitative study into the ease of use of the ParkShuttle connection. Furthermore, the study shows that reliability is ultimately the decisive factor in passengers’ readiness to use any kind of autonomous public transport.

The study (N=109) was conducted by Jochem van der Burg, a social geography student at Utrecht University. He focused on seven operational factors of the ParkShuttle: (1) safety and security, (2) reliability, (3) travel time, (4) information services, (5) price and payment system, (6) comfort and (7) integration in the public transport network. The aim was to establish which of these operational factors most determines ease of use and how the insights gained from the study could be used in the decision-making process of autonomous transit systems elsewhere.

Overall, 90% of the respondents were positive about the ease of use of ParkShuttle, giving it an average mark of 7.2 on a scale of one to ten. Reliability proved to be the most decisive factor: four out of five respondents said they felt the system was reliable, mainly because of its frequency and punctuality.

This will only get better in the future, said Robbert Lohmann, CCO of 2getthere (the developers of the shuttles). “The autonomous vehicles currently in use are in excellent condition, but nevertheless they are 15 years old. When we introduce the third generation of vehicles, reliability will further improve and as a result so will ease of use. The same applies to comfort, another factor of influence.”

Contradicting results

Despite the fact that ParkShuttle in Rivium is still unique as it is the only permanent autonomous shuttle system integrated in a public transport schedule, Van den Burg was able to compare the results of his study with those of various demonstrations across the globe. This led to some surprising conclusions.

For instance, it became clear that ParkShuttle passengers’ appreciation of security was relatively high (they felt that criminal activity on the shuttle was very unlikely), despite the absence of on-board stewards. This contrasts remarks by passengers in a demonstration in Vantaa, Finland, who provided a low score for security despite the presence of safety stewards in its set-up. A possible reason for this lies in ParkShuttle’s passenger capacity and the resulting social control. Vehicles in the Finnish demonstration carry no more than ten passengers, whereas the autonomous shuttles in Capelle aan den IJssel carry up to 24.

Demonstrations versus live situations

Lohmann’s response to this: “Another obvious difference lies in the fact that response in the Rivium study is based on the experience of commuters who have been using the shuttle service for several years. Finnish respondents were asked for their impressions after a ride in a temporary demonstration, meaning their response is more likely based on expectation than actual experience. As far as we’re concerned, this shows the relatively low value of such demonstrations. If we really want to learn more about autonomous transit systems we’ll have to look at permanent systems in daily use. Sadly, those are still few and far between.”

Information to improve

Although information services play a relatively minor role in ease of use, this factor received the lowest scores. This applied to the information provided at stops and on the shuttles, as well as the ready availability of information in case of delays or cancellations.

Lohmann: “This will soon be a thing of the past. As part of the renewal and extension of the system for Rivium 3.0 we will be installing information kiosks at shuttle stops to display system status and the time that the next shuttle will arrive. Inside the shuttles the current single information displays with push buttons will be replaced by two 19” vertical touch screens displaying up-to-the-minute information about the shuttle’s travel time.”

Lohmann is convinced that this study will help the organization of future autonomous systems in public transport. “Many demonstrations are set up to find out if people are prepared to use autonomous public transport systems,” says the 2getthere executive. “This study shows that such demonstrations are no longer necessary, as it’s now clear that people have no trouble embracing systems that are punctual, safe and reliable. Add to that a solid business case and you’re ready to take the next step towards a permanent application.”

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Smart-Cities-Summit-Asia

smart-cities-summit-asiaRobbert Lohmann, Chief Commercial Officer

We look forward to contributing to the Smart Cities Summit Asia in Seoul and sharing our experience with autonomous shuttle since 1997.

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. This event is focused on city government and infrastructure oriented as MOLIT (Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation) is hosting the event. For the conference, The Dutch embassy in Korea is organizing a Smart City trade mission.

2getthere is a speaker in mobility session and will be present at the Holland pavilion to meet potential customers and partners in Korea.

Conference

For more information on the conference, please visit: http://www.smartcityasia.net/2018n_en/

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The (non)sense of autonomous shuttle demonstrations

BlogRobbert Lohmann, Chief Commercial Officer

The (non)sense of autonomous shuttle demonstrations.

Welcome to 2getthere’s blog: a podium to share opinions and views of our industry, products and everything related to it. And being Dutch, there’s one thing we are not shy of – having an opinion. Everybody’s got them, we just express them a little more directly. OK, a lot more directly. To the point that if you aren’t used to Dutch people being Dutch, you’d think we are plain blunt. Which is not our intent.

This Blog has been started to provide a proper podium to share our opinion, with a little bit of humor along the way. The opinion shared is that of the author, not necessarily of the company, and is obviously completely objective and should be taken very very literally. Should you beg to differ on the view expressed, please don’t hesitate to engage and share this article with your thoughts on your social media channels: if there is one thing the Dutch appreciate it is a healthy debate – no sarcasm here.

Autonomous shuttles are everywhere

It often seems that autonomous shuttles are everywhere. And yet they aren’t. They are popping up around our major cities but mainly in the form of demonstrations that are run in a controlled environment with a “safety steward” onboard. Although we are now actually seeing the first contracts for applications operating permanently and filling daily transit needs, it is the huge number of demonstrations that have created the impression that autonomous shuttles are a commonplace commodity already. And, as there are so many, they should make (some) sense, right?

It is a question that we at 2getthere often ask ourselves, as there is a so much interest in demonstrations worldwide. At times it feels like not a week goes by, with yet another city, region or state issuing a tender for a 6-month or 1-year demonstration. What is the purpose of these demonstrations you may ask? To test passenger acceptance of autonomous vehicles? To verify the technology? To convince decision makers to move forward on an actual application? Or is it smart promotion/marketing tactic? Are they required or should we skip them altogether? Let’s dig a little deeper into this matter.

Passenger Acceptance

Passengers have made use of automated transit for years, with Automated People Movers featured at many major airports. Tampa Airport by itself has three different systems in daily operation. A lot of cities feature automated metros or even trains – just think of the monorail at Disneyland, or the 40+ year old Morgantown System or the Schwebebahn in Wuppertal that opened in 1900 (yes, that date is correct). A funicular. Ski-lift. Of course, a vehicle driving on a road instead of a track or rail is different. But when combining the experiences and the public acceptance of all these other transit systems, is it really logical to expect that the acceptance of autonomous shuttles would be very different?

If we do want to test the acceptance of autonomous shuttles properly, it should be tested in operational conditions, with large groups of passengers, all in a hurry, crashing into each other with faces buried in their smartphones. We want to see real behavior: Impatient people in a rush to get to work on time, on a hot sunny day, distracted by their phone or listening to music. The thing is, in a demonstration people often show a desired or ‘artificial’ behavior. During an unintended stop, there is no anxiety about getting to work late (and your boss screaming at you), no risk of the smartphone falling to the ground (missing out on the Pokémon you were just about to catch), rather the excitement of experiencing a fault in a system in the early stages of development. It is hard to analyse real behavior when passengers don’t use the system as part of their normal journey, in a normal way.

Technology verification

So, do demonstrations serve a purpose in verifying the technology? No, demonstrations don’t. Trials do. A Proof-of-Concept (POC) does. The difference? A demonstration is a show: a temporary display, typically at a high-profile site with limited demonstration hours. To verify that the technology test cases is created based on actual road data, a trial or Proof-of-Concept is conducted.

The site of the trial or the POC is a point of discussion – to say the least. Testing in the public space used to be an absolute no-go for other automated transit systems (and still is), but normal rules don’t seem to apply when it comes to autonomous vehicles. That is why you can now get on a very well regulated, tested and independently verified automated people mover at Phoenix Airport safely and on the other hand could get run over by a ‘registered’ autonomous vehicle as soon as you hit the city streets. Ironic? No, or maybe just a little…

Each incident (another AV running a red light), accident (another AV crashing into the back of a stopped fire truck) and injury or casualty (a lady crossing a street at night) leads to cities and authorities – thankfully – starting to impose strict regulations before autonomous vehicles are allowed on public roads. And that is a really good thing for the development of autonomous vehicles and the industry. Whereas most innovations have a lot of leeway when first introduced, maturity only comes once regulations are established.

Convincing Decision Makers

The key reason for a demonstration is to convince decision makers to “take the next step”. Show the technology is ready for daily operations, carrying members of the public safely and efficiently.

Right then. There is nothing more convincing than a temporary “autonomous” demonstration with a safety steward on board, travelling at a maximum “safe” speed of 15kmh… this creates completely the wrong impression of what is on offer. People will think this technology is not nearly ready for deployment yet as it can’t operate really autonomously yet, delaying decision making processes and pushing back the growth of the entire market. Setting up a convincing argument, which will impress decision makers to make the expenditure required for an autonomous system, is not something that should be taken lightly. It can only be achieved if prepared meticulously, and is not yet another demonstration, but a proof of concept that operates in the real world – which is likely to require a larger investment upfront.

A POC should be embedded in the project and trigger the next phase: the delivery of the permanent project. By awarding a project contingent on successful completion of a POC a classical ‘win-win-win situation’ (cross one off for ‘buzzword-bingo’ ) is created: for the autonomous shuttle vendor, the city and the passengers. As a vendor the POC is important in triggering the delivery of the project and it avoids valuable resources being wasted on just a demonstration – or worse, the experience during the demonstration being used for another tender for a permanent system afterwards. For a city the POC ensures the technical risk is taken out of the equation while moving towards a permanent application fulfilling a daily transportation need. The investment in the proof of concept is not wasted, but a building block of the permanent application. For passengers the POC ensures that the safety has well been shown, and approved, before getting on-board.

Propoganda

So, for what purpose does a demonstration make sense? Marketing. Not just by vendors, also by cities. And operating companies. Suppliers. National governments, approval bodies, regions, agents, insurance companies, shareholders and investors. And yes, the baker and the grocer around the corner: everybody is involved. Not to mention your mum. The exposure a demonstration is able to generate validates the budget being made available. The coverage in the news, on the web and through social media, ultimately should lead to attracting new business. Or better yet, new capital through investors.

With the increasing number of demonstrations, the law of diminishing returns had already set in. The latest demonstrations are getting less attention, moving from national news to regional or local news only, soon to only be a byline in the local neighborhood newsletter (right next to the ads by the local bakery and grocer). As a result, the marketing and communication claims are taken to the next level to retain the attention value. Fortunately, each new exaggerated claim leads us one step closer to the end of the hype and to stricter regulations. Which in itself is a huge step towards permanent applications. At 2getthere we are no fan of exaggeration, but I have to admit that in the end it will help to reset the market! Please keep at it as the damage it is doing now, may just lead to some good in the near future.

Rebound Girl

2getthere is quickly becoming the rebound company of the industry. We are seen as less sexy (we don’t understand it either?), dependable marriage-material that you would be happy to introduce to your mother to but not go out for a crazy night on the town. On various occasions, we have now been approached or come into contact with cities and companies that have experienced a disappointing demonstration. The demonstration didn’t move the project forward, but stopped the effort. The contact with 2getthere restores – to the level possible – the faith in autonomous shuttles still being possible today, with the right approach to the project. And to let you in on a little secret: it’s not a demonstration.

Consider addressing your current transit needs using autonomous vehicle systems by firstly hiring a good consultant – they really are worth their money – as they will help to guide you through the process of defining the application, determine whether there is a viable business case and the evaluation of the different systems. The city of Capelle aan den IJssel and operating company De Lijn did just this. That’s why they have signed 2getthere to contracts for the delivery of autonomous shuttles, on public roads, without safety stewards, travelling up to 40kph. Obviously, we did have the advantage of a track record of 20+ years of experience on dedicated lanes, which certainly has helped.

So, does this mean 2getthere will skip demonstrations altogether? No, don’t be surprised to see a demonstration by 2getthere, despite all of what has been said above. If it makes sense from a marketing perspective for us to provide a demonstration as part of an existing relationship with a customer or partner, we will deliver. We’ll just make sure to shy away from the over inflated claims.

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2getthere joins Drive Sweden initiative

Joining Drive SwedenDrive Sweden

It’s not all about driverless vehicles. This is a completely new approach to mobility. We are on the threshold of a radical shift.

Joining Drive Sweden

2getthere is joining Drive Sweden, to actively work on delivering the next generation mobility system for people and goods.

Drive Sweden was awarded the contract for this by the Swedish government in 2015. It is one of seventeen Strategic Innovation Programs (SIP) for addressing complex areas with huge potential for sustainable solutions to challenges in our society. The SIPs are funded by VINNOVA, the Swedish Innovation Agency, the Swedish Research Council Formas and the Swedish Energy Agency. Drive Sweden is currently in the third year of an expected total duration of 12 years, and with a considerable governmental co-funding behind it.

Drive Sweden vision

For years the privately-owned car has been a cornerstone for personal mobility, but now we are about to enter a new era. Connected, self-driving and shared vehicles is one important building block for this to happen. Add to this entirely new business models, serving the trend among the younger generation who prefer access to services over owning an asset; and we have a new system for personal mobility being shaped.

No longer will we need to own a car that is standing still most of the time, but instead we will be able to subscribe to a mobility service. A service that combines different vehicles and transportation modes in a seamless, always-connected system with an integrated payment mechanism, all adapted to our transportation needs. Our needs to transport goods in and out of our society will be met in a similar, highly integrated way.

Outlook Drive Sweden

Drive Sweden has developed an outlook that shows what we want to jointly achieve within our partnership until 2030. In order to reach our vision for a connected, autonomous, and shared mobility; a number of intermediary steps are necessary. Efforts in vehicle, mobility services and transport system research will be undertaken in an integrated manner that guarantees that Sweden’s mobility of the future will be sustainable, safe, efficient, while also being attractive. In the coming years, this plan will be updated regularly as we follow up on our achievements.

For more information, please also refer to the site of Drive Sweden.

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Contributing to the Airport Access Ideas Forum

Airport Access Ideas ForumMilda Manomaityte, Director of the Global AirRail Alliance

The Forum gives the opportunity for transport professionals to challenge themselves and each other with forward thinking discussions.

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.

The Forum will focus on Autonomous Vehicles Technologies and Mobility as a Service, looking into how it will impact the future of airport infrastructure design, non-aeronautical revenues, public transport access mode share and urban development. Attendees discuss the latest innovations in passenger mobility and their effect on airport access, including infrastructure planning, revenue and passenger experience. Through interactive discussions the Forum participants look at how new technologies and the sharing economy is changing road access and car parking businesses at airports, as well as the opportunities public transport can deliver for airport operators in terms of non-aeronautical revenue, improved customer experience and business development.

For more information on the agenda, please visit the event page.

About GARA

The Global AirRail Alliance focuses on connecting air with rail. Why? Because, together, air and rail can transform our travel experience. When integrated seamlessly, both in the cloud and on the ground, it forms a major chunk of our travels and can significantly improve our experience. By connecting people who work in these two big industries, by learning and comparing information about it, GARA creates a platform where business from around the world can improve their own operations, better connect with their customers and optimise their procedures.

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Happy with Sjoerd investigating autonomous vehicles at Rivium

Blij met SjoerdRobbert Lohmann, Chief Commercial Officer

Some days are simply better than others.

Blij met Sjoerd!

Sjoerd works for supermarket chain Albert Heijn in the Netherlands, but is also an aspiring vlogger. In his series ‘Blij met Sjoerd’ he chases news that makes people happy. When chasing news he’s chauffeured by his driver, and best friend, Ron. How will autonomous cars influence their friendship? Sjoerd doesn’t want to miss Ron, so he sets on a mission to find out what autonomous vehicles are all about, visiting the autonomous shuttle application at Rivium business park in Capelle aan den IJssel. We had a blast supporting the recording: some days are simply better than others!

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Joining Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC)

Joining CUTRICRobbert Lohmann, Chief Commercial Officer

By joining CUTRIC we get the chance to work with leading cities and companies in Canada, contributing to deliver the future.

Joining CUTRIC

2getthere is joining CUTRIC, the Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium, which supports projects that develop the next-generation of mobility and transportation technologies for Canadians. These advancements help grow the low-carbon and “smart” technology eco-system in the country, leading to job growth and economic development over the long-term.

By joining CUTRIC we get the chance to work with leading cities and companies in Canada, contributing to deliver the future. Other partners of CUTRIC include leading industrial giants ABB, Bombardier, BAE Systems, Siemens and Thales as well as a large number of renowned Canadian universities. For a full overview of all partners, visit the CUTRIC website: http://cutric-crituc.org (also available in French, of course).

CUTRIC’s work generates solutions that decrease fuel consumption, reduce emissions, eliminate redundancies, reduce congestion, improve the quality of life for Canadians, advance the digital integration of low-cost mobility solutions for communities across Canada, increase road safety and reduce road accidents. CUTRIC supports the technologies required for a 21st century low-carbon economy.

CUTRIC’s pillars

1. Zero- and low-emissions propulsion technologies and systems integration, including battery electric and hybrid electric propulsion technologies, hydrogen fuel cell electric propulsion technologies, compressed and renewable natural gas propulsion technologies (including hydrogen and natural gas fuel combinations), and dimethyl ether (DME) propulsion technologies, as well as grid-based “smart” management tools that balance electric fleet charging and/or hydrogen refuelling.

2. “Smart” vehicles and “smart” infrastructure technologies for autonomous and connected vehicles on roads and on rail (Intelligent Transportation Systems), including sensors, signals, and control systems that enable vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-X standardized and interoperable communications.

3. Big Data for mobility analytics and Mobility as a Service applications, including initiatives to optimize public and private fleets through the use of descriptive, analytic, and predictive data assessment, and the integration of artificially intelligent decision-making systems that guide fleet managers in real-time.

4. Cybersecurity in advanced mobility applications, securitization of low-carbon smart mobility systems, including secure communications for autonomous and connected vehicles given the susceptibility of new vehicle systems to malicious attack.

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We are at the SmartDrivingCar Summit, join us!

SmartDrivingCar-SummitSmartDrivingCar Summit

Autonomous vehicles will disrupt and revolutionize mobility for communities, corporations and consumers.

SmartDrivingCar Summit

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 event is co-chaired by Prof. Alain Kornhauser of Princeton University and features a mix of academic, industry, and government speakers with each session packed with multiple experts. The conference features six workshops that will examine:
– Near-term autonomous vehicle deployment in the U.S.
– Near-term autonomous vehicle deployment in China and Europe
– The role of insurance in facilitating adoption by individuals, corporations and transit agencies
– Artificial intelligence, looking at sensors, software and data
– Ride hailing services, reviewing conventional, self-driving and driverless advances
– The what, how and when of achieving best outcomes in metropolitan planning

Focus Areas

Near-term Safety Benefits of Safe-driving Cars
How insurance and new car dealers can benefit by promoting the RoI advantages to fleets and mutually beneficial promotional discounts to consumers. As well as an update as to the performance in automatically avoiding crashes of the technology options available in showrooms today.

Near-term Regulatory Challenges
that are needed to facilitate the shared use of our existing streets by low and normal speed Driverless vehicles

Near-term Mobility and Community Service Benefits
of the array of emerging low-speed Driverless shuttles to all in gated communities and campuses, to the mobility disadvantaged in many/most suburban communities and to address first-mile, last-mile accessibility challenges in transit-oriented communities

The Current State-of-the-art in DeepDriving
to the long-term opportunities of using affordable Computer Vision and elegant Deep Learning training, testing and enhancing techniques in SmartDrivingCars, and more.

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Autonomous Shuttles serving Brussels Airport last mile needs

Brussels Aiport

In 2015, Brussels Airport Company and De Lijn entered into a partnership with the intent to deploy self-driving shuttles at the airport. Further study and a tender between five different suppliers of autonomous vehicles ultimtely led to the choice for 2getthere. The project fits well with Brussels Airport drive to constantly study new possibilities of expanding their intermodal hub in sustainable manner. With the project Flanders is a pioneer: it will be the first permanent application (at an airport) without steward and on public roads.

Phased Introduction

The contract is divided into two phases. The first phase covers the development and thorough testing of the technology. In autumn 2019, 2getthere will be conducting the first vehicle tests at its testsite in Utrecht. Upon successful completion, the first self-driving bus will arrive at Brussels Airport in the beginning of 2020 for further test drives at the airport. Upon a positive evaluation of the first phase of testing, De Lijn and Brussels Airport Company can deploy the self-driving shuttle from 2021 onwards between the terminal and Brucargo.

De Lijn

The initiative for the project originated at De Lijn, the public transit company of Flanders. For the application Brussels Airport Company and De Lijn are sharing the project costs, with the go-ahead for the first phase given on April 20th, 2018. De Lijn is responsible for the costs associated with people who travel by public transport (De Lijn, MIVB, NMBS) to the airport. The airport operator will foot the costs for the transport of persons who come to the airport by other means of transport (staff, visitors or passengers).

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Livery of the Bluewaters Island vehicles revealed during UITP Middle East

Buewaters-liveryRobbert Lohmann, Chief Commercial Officer

innovation in public transit ensures not only the accessibility but also improves the liveability of smart cities like Dubai

Bluewaters Livery

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. The new vehicle in Bluewaters livery was showcased during the UITP MENA Transport Congress and Exhibition, the most attended public transport event in the region. It is the first time that the public in Dubai will be able to get acquainted with this futuristic public transport solution.

Bluewaters is a modern, family-oriented destination created by Meraas on a manmade island off the coast of Jumeirah Beach Residence in Dubai. No less than 25 autonomous vehicles will be deployed to transport passengers from Dubai Metro to the island. These vehicles are designed and developed by 2getthere, a leading technology firm in autonomous transport.

The solution provided for the connection to Bluewaters is a perfect fit with Dubai’s Autonomous Transport Strategy, which was launched in 2017 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. In line with this ambitious strategy, 25 percent of all transportation trips in Dubai will be smart and driverless by 2030.

Converging trends

This year’s edition of the UITP MENA Transport Congress & Exhibition is based on the theme ‘Pioneering for Customer Happiness’, recognising that customers are at the core of public transport service. According to Robbert Lohmann, CCO of 2getthere, there is therefore no better opportunity to present the Bluewaters autonomous vehicles to the public. 2getthere will realise the project through its Middle East Joint Venture with United Technical Services.

Mr. Lohmann says: “It becomes clear that multiple trends in public transportation are converging. Firstly, innovation within public transit concepts and systems, ensuring not only the accessibility but also improving the liveability of smart cities like Dubai. Secondly, integrating new technologies leads to more customer happiness and increasing ridership. Together these trends contribute to both people in transit as well as in cities.”

2gethere can be found on stand no. 5C52 of the UITP MENA Transport Congress and Exhibition.

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Brussels Airport selects 2getthere for autonomous shuttle system

Brussels-Airport-Autonomous-ShuttleBen Weyts, Flemish Minister for Mobility

We are making an investment in the future, in greater efficiency and in a more attractive range of public transport

Following assignments by Bluewaters Island (Dubai) and Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), Brussels Airport and De Lijn have decided to partner with 2getthere for the Brussels Airport Autonomous Shuttle. 2getthere’s fully autonomous (self-driving) shuttles will link Brussels Airport with the long term parking area. Brussels Airport is the first European airport to use autonomous shuttles 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. Please find below the joint Press Release by Brussels Airport and De Lijn.

Brussels Airport Autonomous Shuttle

The board of directors of De Lijn and the management committee of Brussels Airport Company have given the go-ahead for the first phase with a self-driving electric bus on the airport. The vehicle that is being developed for this, will be one of the first to drive in Belgium in mixed traffic. After the summer of 2019, tests without passengers will begin at 2getthere’s testsite in Utrecht. The shuttle bus will arrive at Brussels Airport in the beginning of 2020 for further tests.

Pioneering

In 2015, Brussels Airport Company and De Lijn entered into a partnership with the intent to deploy self-driving shuttles at the airport. After further study and the choice of the constructor, both companies gave full support to the pilot project for testing an autonomous shuttle on the airport grounds.

“As intermodal hub where various means of transport connect seamlessly with each other, Brussels Airport is constantly studying new possibilities for expanding this hub in a sustainable way. This technologically innovative project deploying a self-driving electric bus operating a fixed route, also fits in with our environmental commitment to keep the impact on our surroundings as low as possible”, says Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport Company.

“Flanders is taking on the role of pioneer”, says Flemish Minister for Mobility Ben Weyts. “In other countries driverless vehicles are already operational, but that is often in a separate lane with a steward on board. Here, the aim is to have the self-driving shuttle drive autonomously on the public roads. This is cutting-edge technology that really appeals to the imagination. We are making an investment in the future, in greater efficiency and in a more attractive range of public transport.”

2 year tests

2getthere will start the project in the coming weeks. The contract is divided into two phases. The first phase covers the development and thorough testing of the technology until the middle of 2020. In autumn 2019, 2getthere will be conducting the first vehicle tests at its testsite in Utrecht. Upon successful completion, the first self-driving bus will arrive at Brussels Airport in the beginning of 2020 for further test drives at the airport. The test route for this development stage is in the Brucargo business zone.

The first phase with tests and development of the self-driving bus will take two years. In this period, De Lijn and Brussels Airport Company can perform all necessary safety tests in various weather conditions and traffic situations. During the test period, no passengers, visitors or staff will be on board.

Passengers by 2021

Upon a positive evaluation of the first phase of testing, De Lijn and Brussels Airport Company can deploy the self-driving shuttle from 2021 onwards on the airport grounds for the transport of passengers, visitors and staff on the route between the terminal and Brucargo.

Brussels Airport Company and De Lijn are sharing the project costs. De Lijn is responsible for the costs associated with people who travel by public transport (De Lijn, MIVB, NMBS) to the airport. The airport operator will foot the costs for the transport of persons who come to the airport by other means of transport (staff, visitors or passengers).

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Meet us at the APM Conference in Tampa

2getthere-APM-ConferenceRobbert Lohmann, Chief Commercial Officer

The APM conference is always useful to reconnect with the industry and learn about applications in delivery

Meet us at the APM Conference

During the ASCE and TD&I Automated People Mover Conference in Tampa, Florida (April 29 – May 2), 2getthere will be presenting in various tracks. 2getthere will 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.

If you are interested to meet with us, please reach out and contact us.

About the APM Conference

The theme of the APM conference is ‘MOVING TO THE FUTURE—BUILDING ON THE PAST’. The first airport automated people mover went into service at the Tampa International Airport in the early 1970s as part of an innovative terminal design. Since that time APM and ATS technology has experienced major technological advances and these systems have been used in numerous applications. As we move to the future, what have we learned and what changes in technology and applications do we envision?

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MoU signed for Nanyang Technological University

MOU-for-NTU-SingaporeSjoerd van der Zwaan, Chief Technology Officer

NTU has ample experience with autonomous vehicles and knows exactly what it wants and what it doesn’t want

2getthere signs MoU for NTU

Today, 2getthere, the Utrecht-based company specializing in autonomous transit systems, Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) and SMRT Services 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, paving the way for the GRT to be integrated into NTU’s transport network. The new GRTs will be tested on NTU’s campus in a few phases, which will start around the last quarter this year. The vehicles are expected to operate a service route that connects NTU’s halls of residences with the main academic areas, serving 200 to 300 passengers daily.

The 2getthere silent roadster uses magnetic pellets on the road for autonomous navigation and can travel in both directions. It has a top speed of 40 kilometres per hour and can ferry 24 passengers with seating space for eight. The collaboration will also involve conducting research to improve autonomous vehicle technologies such as increasing the use of artificial intelligence, developing advanced sensors and sensor fusion algorithms, and improving fleet management technologies. The trial would be gradually expanded campus-wide, running alongside other autonomous vehicles that have already been undergoing tests since 2012. This latest testbedding of autonomous vehicles is part of the university’s Smart Campus initiative to develop rapidly advancing transport technologies to benefit the NTU community and society.

NTU knows what it wants

Mr Sjoerd van der Zwaan, Chief Technology Officer of 2getthere, stated, “It is exciting to be able to work together with NTU and SMRT while capitalising on the synergy of an actual AV implementation and investing in research simultaneously. NTU has ample experience with autonomous vehicles and knows exactly what it wants and what it doesn’t want – in terms of availability, reliability, quality, safety and AV features such as comfort and user experience. In combination with SMRT’s operations expertise, all key ingredients are present to ensure a successful implementation of our AVs at NTU. We look forward to our continued cooperation.”

NTU President Professor Subra Suresh, said, “NTU’s campus is not only a living testbed for innovative technologies, but also the first to test driverless vehicles on Singapore roads. Autonomous vehicles are an integral part of the NTU Smart Campus vision, which leverages tech-enabled solutions to create better living and learning experiences. This new collaboration with SMRT and 2getthere highlights our goal of developing cutting-edge transport solutions that will benefit Singapore and beyond.”

Mr Desmond Kuek, President and Group CEO of SMRT, said, “NTU is a leading research institution in AV technology. SMRT is proud to work with NTU and 2getthere to deploy the first operational AV service in Singapore. This MoU marks the commitment of the three parties in leveraging the latest AV technology for our public transport system and redefine the standard for a world-class transport service.”

The GRT had undergone preliminary tests along a 350-metre route between two NTU halls of residences since November last year. During the trials, close to 4,000 passengers were ferried between the two stops.

Part of the joint MaaS testbed

The GRT was introduced to NTU as part of the Mobility-as-a-Service testbed, a collaboration between NTU, JTC and SMRT last September. The testbed seeks to integrate multiple modes of transport, including shuttle buses, bike sharing systems, e-scooters and e-bikes, and the autonomous GRT into a single mobility platform called jalan-jalan, developed by mobilityX to improve connectivity and travel within NTU’s campus and JTC’s CleanTech Park in Jurong Innovation District, which will be the largest living lab in Singapore. Jalan-jalan is a Malay term for ‘going for a walk’.

The smartphone application jalan-jalan received strong support during its pilot run between NTU’s campus and JTC’s CleanTech Park from last August. Just for e-scooters alone, the app was used to book over 67,000 trips, clocking a total mileage of over 80,000 kilometres.

Edward Lim Xun Qian, President of NTU’s Student Union, said, “The app allows a seamless and convenient way to travel around NTU’s large campus, right from our halls to our classes. Not only does it help us book Personal Mobility Devices such as e-scooters, the app is also integrated with public and shuttle buses around campus, providing an all-in-one transport solution for students.”

Colin Lim, mobilityX CEO said, “The NTU and CTP community have a greater range of transport options, and have experienced improved connectivity through innovative first-and-last mile transport solutions like the AV and scooter and bicycle sharing. For example, the utilisation rate of each scooter at approximately 20 trips/day is one of the highest in Singapore.”

Glory Wee, Director, Aerospace, Marine and Urban Solutions, JTC said, “We are delighted by the positive response from the CleanTech Park community on the trial. Urban solutions, such as Mobility-as-a-Service, help us improve the travel experience of the communities in JTC’s estates and lay the foundation for next-generation connectivity and mobility infrastructure in our new estates.”

Currently serving 12 stops on NTU’s campus and the CleanTech Park area, the app will gradually include more stops and manage more mobility options based on users’ feedback and test results.

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Automated transit at Nanyang Technological University


Automated transit at NTU

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) has 33,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, and Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, and its Interdisciplinary Graduate School. Together with LTA (Land Transport Authority), NTU launched the Centre of Excellence for Testing and Research of Autonomous Vehicles (Cetran) where autonomous, or self-driving, vehicles are tested before hitting Singapore roads. It features an extensive Singapore campus.

System Description

2getthere’s fully automated Group Rapid Transit (GRT) autonomous vehicles (AV) will ultimately replace the existing buses on the NTU Smart Campus. The new GRTs will be tested on NTU’s campus in a few phases. The vehicles are expected to operate a service route first that connects NTU’s halls of residences with the main academic areas. The trial would be gradually expanded campus-wide. The deployment is part of the university’s Smart Campus initiative to develop rapidly advancing transport technologies to benefit the NTU community and society.

Technological Cooperation

The collaboration will also involve conducting research to improve autonomous vehicle technologies such as increasing the use of artificial intelligence, developing advanced sensors and sensor fusion algorithms, and improving fleet management technologies. Autonomous vehicles are an integral part of the NTU Smart Campus vision, which leverages tech-enabled solutions to create better living and learning experiences. The collaboration allows for the development of cutting-edge transport solutions that will benefit Singapore and beyond.

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Regulations Required: safety drives autonomous vehicles market (whitepaper)

Regulation-Required-Safety-Drives-Autonomous-Vehicles-MarketSjoerd van der Zwaan, Chief Technology Officer

Governments must demand from manufacturers that they are able to prove their products are safe

Regulations required

Authorities will have to introduce strict regulations to ensure the safe introduction of autonomous vehicles on public roads. By doing so, they can also speed up the adoption, says 2getthere, the Utrecht-based company specializing in autonomous transit systems, in a whitepaper published today, named Safety in Autonomous Transit. The whitepaper says authorities should set stricter conditions regarding road safety, reliability and availability of vehicles and also for the spatial planning of public areas where autonomous vehicles operate. Stricter regulations will most likely result in a shakeout in the supply side of the autonomous transit market.

It is becoming common for autonomous vehicles to leave their testing facilities behind in favour of public roads. Unfortunately this also leads to an increase in the number of accidents. In order to guarantee passenger safety, 2getthere says governments will have to set stricter requirements for manufacturers of autonomous vehicles. More concretely, this means that a level of safety will have to be defined which manufacturers must be able to guarantee – both on paper and in practical tests in a controlled environment. Designs should be tested for road safety by independent assessors, who should also be tasked with the assessment of public areas and traffic situations in which autonomous vehicles will be operated.

The whitepaper claims that a step-by-step approach is the most logical choice to ensure the introduction of autonomous vehicles on public roads in a manner that guarantees the safety of passengers as well as the environment. 2getthere’s experts refer to examples where autonomous vehicles are already being deployed successfully in more or less controlled environments such as airports, campuses and amusement parks. The company says the first step is to introduce autonomous vehicles in relatively controlled environments, where the number and complexity of possible interactions with other traffic can be limited.

Read and download the white paper: 2getthere whitepaper Regulations Required – Safety drives autonomous vehicles market

A shakeout is imminent

2getthere estimates that it will take ten years or more before autonomous vehicles will dominate the public road. There is a lot of distance to cover from ‘successful demonstration’ to ‘large-scale everyday mobility solution’, says Sjoerd van der Zwaan, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of 2getthere. ‘Governments must demand from manufacturers that they are able to prove their products are safe – and they must set concrete requirements regarding reliability, availability and safety. This includes tasking the assessment of products and their application to independent bodies, such as the RDW (Netherlands Vehicle Authority) in the Netherlands. Manufacturers may see this as a challenge, but it’s a necessary step, considering the responsibility they carry in the transportation of people and the introduction of autonomous vehicles in the public area. It’s the only way to prevent unnecessary incidents.’

A call for stricter regulations will most likely result in a shakeout in the supply side of the market, says 2getthere’s Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) Robbert Lohmann: ‘In this whitepaper we conclude that the industry is a long way away from making autonomous vehicles that are as safe in mixed traffic as, for instance, city buses with professional drivers. We believe it remains to be seen if all manufacturers currently in the market have the commitment for the long haul, or the knowledge and expertise to take the necessary steps.’

Pragmatic approach

Lohmann believes the same applies to the demand side. He says: ‘Stricter requirements will increase the cost of the introduction of autonomous vehicles. Higher cost levels will cause municipal governments to shift their focus from yet more demonstrations to permanent and commercially viable solutions. In the short term, this may seem to slow down the market introduction, but in fact it will speed up the actual utilization of autonomous vehicles. For this reason, we suggest taking a pragmatic approach, in which autonomous vehicles are first introduced in semi-controlled environments before we take the step of deploying them in fully uncontrolled environments.’

He continues: ‘We will have to build up practical experience with operational systems that carry large numbers of passengers, such as those recently made possible in the Netherlands by the introduction of new legislation (the ‘Experimenteerwet’) that regulates fully autonomous vehicles operating in mixed traffic . If at this moment we are able to introduce autonomous vehicles in a controlled manner, this will contribute to road safety in cities.’

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Exhibiting 3rd generation GRT vehicle at UITP Dubai

UITP-MenaRobbert Lohmann, Chief Commercial Officer

“There is nothing like seeing and feeling to understand; the quality of the vehicle sets it apart.”

2getthere vehicle at UITP

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. “Experience from other exhibitions has taught us that there is nothing better than seeing and feeling to understand what the new generation vehicle can contribute to the accessibility of a development. Having the vehicle there makes it real, people can touch it, sit it and experience the dimensions and comfort. The quality of the vehicle, both in design and build, really sets it apart.”, according to Robbert Lohmann.

If you are interested to meet with us, please reach out and contact us.

About UITP Mena

With a growing number of participants, technical offers, networking opportunities, and an extensive exhibition showcasing who’s who in the public transport industry, the MENA Transport Congress and Exhibition is the premiere and most attended public transport event in the Region.

The 2018 theme of the MENA Transport Congress & Exhibition, “pioneering for CUSTOMER happiness”, recognizes the customer as the core of public transport service and incorporates happiness and not only satisfaction. From autonomous technologies to transport network services and introduction of public transport services in new markets, perhaps the region stands out most how to best address social and cultural barriers to using public transport.

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Workhorse testing of the 3rd generation vehicle

Workhorse-testingRobbert Lohmann, Chief Commercial Officer

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Workhorse Testing

For the new generation GRT vehicle workhorse testing is progressing. 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. The workhorse testing is a typical step in 2getthere’s system lifecycle approach. After having tested the basic functionality of the vehicle platform over the last few months, we have now reached the stage where higher velocity tests are being conducted. Once all these tests pass, we’ll move on to a similar phased testing program for the first prototype.

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Differntiator

Robbert Lohmann, Chief Commercial Officer: “With the Bluewaters and Rivium projects under contract, it is really good to see testing progressing. We have a very good team that is working dilligently on completing the engineering and the testing of the new generation vehicle. Together with the cutting-edge supervisory system, it easily puts ahead of the remainder of the market. In terms of fucntionality, technology robustness and driving behavior, 2getthere’s offering is simply much better. More and more we also see the market becoming aware and realizing that we deliver a lot more than a simple demonstration.’

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2getthere opens project office at business park Rivium

Most-advanced-autonomous-vehicleFrans Goyarts, Chief Operations Officer

“The project office provides us a space at the heart of the project and accommodates our employees from the region.”

Rivium Project Office

With the recent award of the replacement and expansion of the Rivium project, 2getthere decided to open an office at the business park. Being close to the site where the system needs to be installed, allows for project meetings to be held locally and work closely alongside the city of Capelle aan den IJssel, MRDH and all other parties involved in the delivery of the project. The office is at a premium location, overlooking the river ‘Nieuwe Maas’ and the Van Brienenoord-bridge.

Regional Workforce

The Rivium office also provides an office close to home for 2getthere employees living in the Rotterdam-the Hague area. With many of 2getthere’s employees having graduated from the Technical University in Delft, the area is well represented among the company’s workforce. With the flexibility to work from home, when not possible, the local office provides an alternative to HQ in Utrecht.

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3rd generation GRT vehicle steals the show at Intertraffic

Most-advanced-autonomous-vehicleRobbert Lohmann, Chief Commercial Officer

“The compliments from visitors are humbling and make us proud of the product that we are bringing to the market.”

Quite the show

At the Intertraffic Exhibition in Amsterdam (20-23 March, 2018) 2getthere’s new vehicle is quite the show: most likely the vehicle is the most photographed object at the exhibition. For the 2getthere staff at the 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. The vehicle will be debuting at the Rivium and Bluewaters projects under contract as permanent applications shortly.

Rivium 3.0 Presentation

On Wednesday March 21, 2getthere jointly presented on the Rivium 3.0 project with the city of Capelle aan den IJssel. In a 30 minute presentation the speakers shared information on the parties involved and how 2getthere’s ParkShuttle will be transformed into the world’s first autonomous system operating on public roads without featuring a safety driver or steward on board. The Smart Mobility Theatre was filled to the brim, with good follow up afterwards at the booth.

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

Intertraffic-exhibition-smart-mobilityIntertraffic Amsterdam, 20-23 March (Rai Amsterdam)

Smart Mobility Hall 8, booth 08.418: Connekt Dutch Pavilion

Autonomous Vehicle at Intertraffic

Since its launch in 1972, Intertraffic Amsterdam has become the platform of choice for professionals from around the world to meet. From 20 – 23 March 2018, market leaders and experts attend this must attend event to do business and get up to speed on the developments in the fields of infrastructure, traffic management, safety, parking and smart mobility. World leading companies and stakeholders demonstrate their latest solutions during the four-day exhibition with a focus on personal encounters. Over 30000 traffic and mobility professionals are expected to attend to discover the latest trends and solutions in mobility.

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). At the pavilion Connekt, the independent network for smart, sustainable and social mobility, will be throwing the spotlight on Dutch knowledge and expertise in the area of mobility, together with over ten members of the Connekt network.

Register here to visit.

Rivium 3.0 Presentation: March 21

On Wednesday March 21, 2getthere will contribute to a joint presentation with the parties involved in the delivery of the Rivium 3.0 autonomous vehicle project. Starting at 14.15hr in the Smart Mobility Hall, speakers on behalf of 2getthere, the city of Capelle aan den IJssel and RDW will share with other Dutch cities and interested parties, how 2getthere’s ParkShuttle 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 of Capelle aan den IJssel 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. Join us to discover and discuss how autonomous vehicles as part of smart mobility can help increase accessbility and liveability of your city.

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14 million passengers delivered and counting

most experience autonomous vehicle supplierRobbert Lohmann, Chief Commercial Officer 2getthere

“The experience with day-to-day passengers is invaluable.”

Most experienced autonomous vehicle supplier

Based on the daily operations at Schiphol, Rivium, Floriade and Masdar City, 2getthere delivered over 14 million passengers to their destination to date. This excludes passengers transported as part of demonstrations and trials in France, Monaco, Germany, Singapore and the Netherlands as well as the large-scale ride system delivered in a high-profile theme park attraction in cooperation with Oceaneering.

The number of passengers delivered makes 2getthere the most experienced autonomous vehicle supplier. By a lot. At Rivium the 2nd generation GRT transit system has carried 2,500 passengers on a daily basis for the past 11 years. With the introduction of the 3rd generation and the extension towards the Waterbus, this number is expect to increase further to approximately 3,000 per day. Robbert Lohmann: ‘The gap towards other companies entering the market for Shared Autonomous Vehicles will only become larger upon the opening of the Bluewaters application. With an hourly capacity of 3,500 passengers, the system is likely to deliver in excess of 15,000 people per day to their destination. 7 days a week, 365 days per year.’

Actual Behavior versus Conscious Behavior

The real value of the experience doesn’t lie in the passenger number, but having learned from the actual behavior of passengers. Lohmann explains: ‘We have done demonstrations and delivered applications. The difference between the two is that in demonstrations, passengers are aware that this is a demonstration and exhibit ‘conscious behavior’; if there is a fault in the system they are patient, almost accepting and thankful to experience the development process. In real life, there is no patience, just anxiety about being late or missing a connection. Being able to deal with this technically, by ensuring availability and reliablity, and operationally, is what sets 2getthere apart from start-up suppliers. The experience with day-to-day passengers is invaluable.’

The experience influences design and technology choices in support of providing the required system availability and reliability. ‘Operations have to be ensured during all weather conditions – rain or shine – and in all environments, even hot and humid. That’s why we put great attention into the development of the airconditioning system in the 3rd generation GRT vehicle.’ 14 million and counting!

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GRT vehicle: automated minibus

2getthere’s GRT vehicles are automated minibuses accommodating up to 24 passengers (8 seated, 16 standing). The maximum speed is 60km/hr and are unique as they are the only autonomous vehicles that are bi-directional and feature doors on both sides. The GRT vehicle allows for easy access through accurate docking at the stations, enabled by the ‘crabbing’ capability of the front and rear wheel steering.

Vehicle Specifications:GRT
Standard configuration:8 seats + 16 standees
Maximum seating configuration:12 seats + 6 standees
Length:6044mm
Width:2104mm
Heigth:2784mm
Floor level:410mm
Height passenger compartment:~2000mm
Wheel base:3700mm
Wheel track:1580mm
Vehicle weight:4500kg
Maximum payload:1918kg
Maximum weight:6418kg
Propulsion:Central AC motor, differential in rear axle
Energy source:Li-ion nano NMC, 2x 18.4kWh
Range:50km (normal operating conditions)
Recharging:11minutes (from 30% to 80%)
Maximum (cruising) speed:60km/h
Maximum acceleration:0.8m/s2
Normal deceleration:1.0m/s2
Emergency stop:3.2m/s2
Maximum/advised gradient:10%/<6%
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PRT vehicle: automated taxi

2getthere’s PRT vehicles are automated taxi’s accommodating up to 6 seated passengers (4 adults and 2 children). The vehicles have been developed specifically for the environmental climate of the Middle East and are capable of a maximum speed of 40km/h.

The 2nd generation PRT vehicle has been operational at Masdar City since November 28th, 2010. The vehicle uses a scaled down version of the 2nd generation GRT chassis, with significant improvements in the electronics and sensory systems of the vehicle. In additon the algorithms for control of the vehicle were further improved, ensuring an even better driving behavior and improved passenger comfort.

Vehicle Specifications:PRT
Standard configuration:4 adults and 2 children
Length:3920mm
Width:1416mm
Heigth:2010mm
Floor level:300mm
Height passenger compartment:1650mm
Wheel base:2115mm
Wheel track front/rear:1072mm/1200mm
Vehicle weight:1400kg
Maximum payload:650kg
Maximum weight:2300kg
Propulsion:Central AC motor, differential in rear axle
Energy source:LiFePO4, 20kWh
Range:75km (normal operating conditions)
Recharging:2 hours (from 30% to 80%)
Maximum (cruising) speed:40km/h
Maximum acceleration:0.8m/s2
Normal deceleration:1.0m/s2
Emergency stop:2.7m/s2
Maximum/advised gradient:10%/<6%
Turning circle center/between walls:11m/16m
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2getthere successfully completes extreme weather climate test

Robbert Lohmann, Chief Commercial Officer 2getthere

“The successful climate test shows the attention to details; the GRT is easily the best and most sophisticated shared autonomous vehicle available.”

Successful climate test

2getthere’s newly developed prototype of a Group Rapid Transit (GRT) autonomous vehicle a succeful climate test in simulated desert climate conditions. It was subject to three tests in weather conditions such as ‘hot dry’ and ‘hot humid’, with a focus on the performance of the air conditioning system at the vehicles’ maximum (24) passenger capacity. The test results show that the battery-powered vehicles are able to maintain an indoor temperature of 23˚C even in the worst-case scenario (52˚C outside temperature and 3% humidity). The extreme climate test is one in a long line of tests regarding the mega order the Utrecht-based company received from the United Arab Emirates earlier this year. From 2020, 25 vehicles will perform fully autonomous shuttle services to and from Bluewater Island in Dubai.

The simulated weather conditions during the test included extremely high temperatures and sun radiation. Both are common in Dubai, with average peaks in sun radiation of 1,040 Watts per square metre around noon and peaks in temperature of 52˚C around 3.30pm. In the climatic chamber, both peaks were simulated at the same time, the most extreme scenario and one that is highly unlikely to ever become reality.

The passengers (16 standing passengers representing 120 Watts each and eight seated passengers each representing 100 Watts) were simulated by placing a 3000-Watt heat source inside the vehicle. A vital part of the test focused on performance during transition: the speed at which indoor conditions are brought back to the most comfortable level for passengers after the doors close and the vehicle starts its journey. The most extreme situation tested was based on the vehicle standing still with the doors opened for six minutes. In actual circumstances much shorter stops will suffice to allow 24 passengers to enter the vehicle and find their places. Moreover, these stops will normally happen at an air-conditioned station environment.

Performance exceeds specifications

The air conditioning system for the new generation GRT was developed in close collaboration with suppliers DC Airco and NLR (Netherlands Aerospace Centre). NLR has used the simulation of heat management in relation to airflow within the vehicle in its design of the air conditioning. The results of the climatic chamber test exceed all expectations based on 2getthere’s specifications. The development of the air conditioning system was partly financed with an MIT research grant from Utrecht province in which DC Airco and 2getthere have participated together.

According to 2getthere the successful climate test marks yet another step towards the operational deployment of the system, which has been scheduled for 2019/2020.

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2getthere awarded largest autonomous shuttle project for Bluewaters Island

Bluewaters-contract-awardCarel van Helsdingen, Chief Executive Officer, 2getthere

“The Bluewaters contract award demonstrates the capability of 2getthere’s systems to provide significant capacities.”

Bluewaters Contract Award

Dutch technology firm 2getthere, a world-leading developer of sustainable mobility solutions, has been awarded the contract to deliver a new automated vehicle system in Dubai that will link new waterfront lifestyle destination Bluewaters with the city’s network of metro stations. The innovative new transport system will have a capacity of 5,000 people per hour per direction, with the automated vehicle connection between Bluewaters and the metro set to become the largest of its kind in the world and is considered an example of the future of autonomous transport solutions.

Home to Ain Dubai, the world’s tallest and largest observation wheel in the world, Bluewaters is a destination under construction 500 metres (1,600 ft) off the Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) coastline, opposite The Beach and near Dubai Marina, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The island is a colourful beacon adorning the city’s spectacular coastline and skyline, with a collection of townhouses, penthouses and apartments; retail and dining experiences and two hotels, linked to the shore by a multi-modal transport system ensuring easy access to the island.

The centerpiece at Bluewaters will be Ain Dubai, the tallest and largest observation wheel that will be taller than the 167.6 m (550 ft) High Roller that opened in Las Vegas in March 2014. It will also be 19.5 m (64 ft) taller than the 190.5 m (625 ft) New York Wheel planned for Staten Island. When completed, Ain Dubai will be able to carry up to 1,400 passengers in its 48 capsules, and provide views of Dubai Marina and landmarks such as Burj Al Arab, Palm Jumeirah, and Burj Khalifa. Its base will also serve as an exciting entertainment zone.

The awarded automatic transport system fits Dubai’s objective to have 25% of all trips completed by automated systems by 2035. The automated transport system at Bluewaters will feature 25 driverless Group Rapid Transit (GRT) vehicles capable of carrying 24 passengers each, connecting stations on the island and Nakheel Harbour and Tower Metro Station approximately 2.5 kilometers apart. The capacity will initially be 3,350 people per hour per direction, with the possibility to increase to 5,000 people per hour per direction. The trip time will be approximately 4.5 minutes.

The application is also the first to feature a 2getthere’s 3rd generation GRT vehicle. This automated vehicle can serve in Automated People Mover applications as well as an autonomous transit system on public roads, integrating the necessary sensory technology.

Excellent track record

2getthere CEO Carel van Helsdingen: “We believed from the start that our system and technology provided the best fit for the application. It is rewarding to be under contract. The award of the project clearly shows the increased interest in 2getthere’s systems throughout the Middle East. This is based to a large extent on our excellent track record in Masdar City and Capelle aan den IJssel in the Netherlands, where we operate comparable systems with a high availability and reliability in harsh climate conditions”.
2getthere will realize the project through its Middle East Joint Venture with United Technical Services. According to 2getthere Middle East and United Technical Services COO Ziad Al Askari, the solution provided for the connection to Bluewaters is a perfect fit with the Autonomous Transport Strategy as a pillar to achieve a sustainable economy for the UAE. Al Askari: “His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, recently launched an strategy for smart self-driving transport as part of Dubai’s strategy to become the smartest city in the world. By 2030, 25 per cent of all transportation trips in Dubai will be smart and driverless. As such we are proud to contribute to this ambitious goal.”

Logistical paradigm shift

Van Helsdingen is convinced the automated vehicles will have a great appeal and will encourage more people to visit Bluewaters by public transit. He also sees new opportunities: “The Bluewaters application demonstrates the capability of 2getthere’s systems to provide significant capacities, making them a financially attractive alternative for the expensive, traditional rail-guided APM systems at airports and campuses. Basically we are applying Level 4 autonomous vehicles on a dedicated track to provide a high capacity and throughput. We are working on introducing these vehicles in mixed traffic, similar to the extension of the Rivium application in the city of Capelle aan den IJssel (the Netherlands) just announced two weeks ago.”

In that respect, 2getthere expects a logistical paradigm shift in the coming years. “On one hand, it is led by metropolitan policy makers in the Middle East and Asia in search of smart city solutions. On the other hand it will increasingly driven by the technology and automotive sector in de US (e.g. in Sillicon Valley and Detroit) responding to the call for cost-effective and environmental friendly last mile solutions. The latter ones connect medium-sized airports to city centers and convert corporate campuses, that are hosting 10,000 people or more, into smart cities.

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2getthere mastar city winner

2 million passengersYousef Baselaib, Executive Director of Sustainable Real Estate, Masdar
[quote]“The popularity of the PRT demonstrates how functional, sustainable transport is paving the way for cities of the future.”[/quote]

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2 Million Passenger Mark

The Masdar Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system in Abu Dhabi, UAE, this morning successfully reached the 2 million passenger mark since it was launched on 28 November, 2010. Over the years a wealth of data has been collected from the system which has been used to further the development of autonomous vehicles, both in relation to the technology as well as user interaction.

Just a week before its seventh anniversary, Miss Geethma Devangee, a student from Merryland School Abu Dhabi, became the 2 millionth passenger. Geethma was visiting Masdar City on an educational field trip. As the lucky winner she was presented with a dining voucher to be redeemed at any restaurant in Masdar City, as well as a certificate to mark the honour.

75% increase

The PRT system at Masdar City welcomed its 1 millionth passenger in May 2014, and has now carried another million in the short time since, accounting for a staggering 75% increase in passenger numbers. The system is currently carrying five times the anticipated amount of passengers, achieving close to 90% average occupancy rates during weekends. The data collected from the PRT system has been invaluable, according to Carel van Helsdingen, CEO of 2getthere. He said: “Real-life applications are invaluable for the reliability of the resulting information. Where a demonstration only provides an indication of the way passengers interface with a system, a real-life application shows real-world behaviour.

“At Masdar City we have both daily passengers and first-time users, from 6am until midnight, with the requirement to constantly provide a reliable and high service level under difficult environmental conditions. As a result we have a significant edge over companies that are only at the start of their development.”

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Significant Step

The Masdar City PRT system benefits from dynamic safety features, resulting in zero accidents or collisions since launch. System availability and vehicle reliability have also consistently achieved success rates of 99.6% and 99.9% respectively.

Yousef Baselaib, Executive Director of Sustainable Real Estate for Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s future energy company, said: “This milestone marks a significant step in the progress of Masdar City, and stands as a testament to our culture of innovation. The popularity of the PRT demonstrates how functional, sustainable urban transport development is paving the way for cities of the future.”

Phase 1A of the Masdar PRT pilot project is approximately 1.4 kilometers long and features two stations: the North Car Park and the Masdar Institute for Science and Technology. 2getthere plans to expand this network across more sites across the City, as well as introduce a General Rapid Transit (GRT) system in the near future.

Very Important Passengers

Van Helsdingen added: ‘We are content with the reliability of the vehicles and the application at Masdar City. Because of the appeal of Masdar City we have been honored in welcoming many VIPs in our vehicles, ranging from Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister and Vice President to the UAE, German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, UN-leader Ban-Ki Moon and celebrities including Clive Owen, James Cameron and David Ferrer. The most recent VIP being His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, one week ago (passenger number 1.988.933).”

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Amsterdam Driverless Vehicles

driverless-vehicles-amsterdam-lelylaanRobbert Lohmann, Chief Operations Officer, 2getthere

[quote]“Sharing of transit is crucial to improve the sustainability and liveability of a city.”[/quote]
 

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The Team

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. Part of this are the Amsterdam Driverless Vehicles.

The Study

Currently the A10 ring road in Amsterdam forms a barrier that inhibits the connection between the inner and outer parts of the city and renders its immediate surroundings both uninhabitable and unused. As population growth has propelled development further outward from the city center and along the ring road, an opportunity was identified to integrate the highway and the city in a way that generates new forms of living and improves mobility for future inhabitants.

The result of the study formulates solutions that reconcile the disparate nature of the highway and the city through the injection of new programs and amenities, alongside improved accessibility, to make the A10 and its surrounding neighborhoods a desirable destination with a positive presence in the city.

Envisioning how future mobility and urban development can be successfully integrated requires a new toolbox with which the building blocks of the city of tomorrow can be built. The goal of the proposal is twofold: a proposition for a new multimodal transport hub located on the intersection between Cornelis Lelyaan and the A10, and new urban developments on both sides of the A10 that link the adjacent neighborhoods and create a unique new address in Amsterdam.
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Amsterdam Driverless Vehicles

The Hub, a new mixed-use destination, offers a smooth mobility connection that will allow users to transition between private cars and public transport; from cars which run on petrol to electric mobility; from driving to walking and cycling. Offering parking, restaurants and retail, the Hub also includes a stop for the CityPods, a new alternative to mass-public transport. 2getthere’s Amsterdam Driverless Vehicles provide mobility to the city center of Amsterdam in approximately 10 minutes. Through a redesign of the spatial planning, the system can operate using the current roads. The Hub also features a charging station for electric mobility and, through the use of locally stored car batteries, will function as an energy supply center in peak hours for the surrounding neighborhoods.

‘Sharing of transit is crucial to improve the sustainability and liveability of a city. Shared use, electrification and autonomous operation are converging trends, with the benefits of one becoming synonymous with the others. Shared transit, or public transit if you will, is a requirement to reduce the number of vehicles in an area.’, states Robbert Lohmann, COO 2getthere. In the case of the Amsterdam Lelylaan, the system can transport 1000 persons per hour per direction, with one vehicle departing approximately every 75 seconds.

Conclusions

In addition to the development of the Hub and the connecting transit systems, the study has also considered the main highway A10, introducing flexibility in the flexibility in the direction of travel of the lanes. This also allows to use the existing space smarter depending on the time of day. By introducing housing and offices close to the ring, the A10 will no longer be a barrier between the city center and its suburbs. The Hub is in the middle of all this, with all modalities converging and allowing for easy transfers, amongst other to the Amsterdam driverless vehicles of 2getthere.

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VIP transit: Prince Charles enjoys a driverless vehicle at Masdar City

prince-charles-in-masdar-PRTCharles, Prince of Wales, United Kingdom

[quote]”The main challenge facing us all now is how we can de-carbonise our economy, radically.”[/quote]
 

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Prince Charles

Britain’s Prince Charles visited yesterday Masdar City in Abu Dhabi as part of the British royal’s state visit to the country. He was welcomed by Dr Sultan Al Jaber, chairman of Masdar, and Shamma Al Mazrui, Minister of State for Youth Affairs. The Prince arrived in Masdar City with our Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) driverless vehicle.

On 28th of November the PRT system will be entering the 7th year of operation. We are expecting to transport the 2.000.000th passenger before this date. Prince Charles was actually passenger 1.988.933. The countdown to 2 million passengers is on!
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Dinner Cheque

The 2 millionth passenger will receive a dinner cheque for two at each of the 7 restaurants in Masdar City: Madang Korean, Osha, Jim’s Kitchen Table, Melius Restaurant, Sumo Sushi and Bento, Pappa Roti, Barbacoa. Will you be the winner? Come to Masdar City, ride the PRT and find out.

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Operations contract of Driverless Parkshuttle extended with 2 years

ParkShuttleDick van Sluis, Alderman Roads and Transit, City of Capelle aan den IJssel

[quote]”We are realizing more-and-more that the we have been ahead of our time with the ParkShuttle.”[/quote]
 

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Extension ParkShuttle

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.

The ParkShuttle is operational since 1999, making it the first driverless vehicle system in the world. In the 17 years that have passed, it has grown into a big success with the system carrying over 2,000 passengers per day. Although not showing their age, the currently operational vehicles are over 13 years old and have each driven over 200,000 kilometers. As part of the extension of the concession remedial works will be conducted to correct the rutting of the road and restore the driving comfort. 

Extension ParkShuttle

The high appreciation scores of the passengers in combination with the positive influence of the system on business park Rivium as a location for companies, are the basis of the decision to extend the concession. A recent survey of passengers shows the ParkShuttle scores favorably in comparison to a bus service on reliability, operational hours, waiting times and passenger information.

The city of Capelle aan den IJssel has the intent to renew and extend the system by late 2018. The initial extension will be towards a stop at the ‘Van Brienenoord’ bridge where a station for the Waterbus will be created. In addition the location will house a rental facility for electric bikes. The route to this location runs over public roads, amongst manually driven traffic. As such the ParkShuttle is likely to be the first autonomous system operating in mixed traffic without actually featuring a safety driver or steward on-board.

   

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Ahead of Time

‘We are realizing more-and-more that the we have been ahead of our time with the ParkShuttle’, comments Alderman Dick van Sluis, responsible for Roads and Transport. ‘Where autonomous transit has only become a hot item in the last 2 years, we have experience dating back to 1999. That gives us a great advantage and ensures we are in the spotlight both within the Netherlands and internationally.’

Within the region administered by MRDH there are several other locations where autonomous transit is being considered. Alderman Van Sluis: ‘Now that the concession has been extended, it allows looking at other systems and extending the ParkShuttle. The latter is our challenge for the upcoming period: how can the ParkShuttle contribute to the development of Rivium to an attractive and innovative location for companies.’

Focus on Innovation

Naturally Eric Bavelaar, managing director Connexxion for the West Region, is very appreciative of the extension: ‘It is vital that in a time where we foresee mobility significantly changing in the coming 15 years, we expand on the basis that was founded with the city of Capelle aan den IJssel and MRDH.’ As an important stakeholder in public transit, Connexxion focuses on innovation with the ParkShuttle being a primary example. As such Connexxion will also deploy additional service employees to stimulate the use of the ParkShuttle system.

2getthere is currently developing its 3rd generation automated vehicle, incorporating the sensory systems to be able to drive in mixed traffic. The new vehicles are lighter, completely bidirectional and feature air-conditioning. The first prototype will be available end of January 2017. 2getthere is in contact with the city, MRDH and Connexxion about using these vehicles for the extension and renewal of the application.

2getthere’s CEO Carel van Helsdingen: “We are pleased with the 2 years’ extension and the ambition of the government to renew and extend the system. However, what pleases us even more is the positive ratings by the passengers of the system. Over the years the vehicles have proven their reliability and service level during all weather circumstances.”

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New logo designs for 2getthere Asia and 2getthere Middle East launched

2getthere-logosRobbert Lohmann, Chief Operations Officer, 2getthere

[quote]”The logos for the joint-ventures are well aligned with 2getthere, creating a unique identity as part of one family.”[/quote]

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Asia and Middle East JV’s

2getthere is running worldwide projects where automated vehicles are driving in public transportation without a safety driver or steward. Since we have set up joint-ventures with SMRT in Asia and UTS in the Middle East, the next step is to set up and align the identities with 2getthere’s. We have created variants of the 2getthere logo. Where our original logo features orange to recognize that we are a Duch entity, 2getthere Asia’s logo features red to reflect SMRT and Singapore, while 2getthere Middle East features UAE green.

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Colors

In Asia red is the color of happiness, celebration and joy, while in the UAE the green represents the country’s prosperity. It also refers to nature, the protection of environmental resources, such as green business and sustainability. With the joint ventures 2getthere covers the global demand for driverless vehicles locally.

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

Asian-and-Middle-East-Joint-VenturesCarel van Helsdingen, Chief Executive Officer, 2getthere

[quote]“These investments support the realization of projects under contract and development and integration of new technologies.”[/quote]

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Investment

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.

These investments are a strategic step that will deepen 2getthere’s technological capabilities as a leading market provider of AV systems. It will also enhance the delivery of current and new projects in the Middle East and Asia Pacific. Mr Carel van Helsdingen, CEO of 2getthere, said, “We are very proud to reach an agreement with two of our longstanding overseas partners. Investments by these industry leaders will support the realization of the projects currently under contract and our continuous development and integration of new technologies into our solutions.”

Fit with Vision

Mr Goh Eng Kiat, Managing Director for SMRT International said: “We have been working with 2getthere since 2010. We have made this investment as we are confident in 2getthere’s technology and see growing demand for AVs in Asia. We look forward to working together to further expand operations into international markets through the provision of consultancy services and operational expertise with transportation networks.”

2getthere Middle East and UTS Chief Operating Officer, Mr Ziad Al Askari said, “2getthere’s solution is aligned with the push for greater autonomous transport within the Middle East in general, and specifically in the United Arab Emirates. With this investment we can accelerate our contribution to Dubai’s 2030 goal to make 25% of all trips within the city driverless, as recently announced by Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.”

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Roadmap

Mr Carel van Helsdingen concluded: “The investment and involvement of SMRT and UTS in 2getthere further strengthens the ability to deliver complete, and completely automated, systems to our customers today. Our systems and applications will grow into scenarios of increased complexity, incrementally shifting into higher degrees of mixed operations, from applications in controlled environments towards semi controlled environments. In pursuit of this roadmap, we will work within 2getthere and with our partners to enhance the technology so as to ensure the safety and capacity under mixed operations.”

New Projects

2getthere Middle East, a joint venture between UTS and 2getthere, signed a contract to supply a system based on the 3rd generation Group Rapid Transit (GRT) vehicle for an undisclosed project earlier this year. This is 2getthere’s second AV system in the Middle East after its Personal Rapid Transit system in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi.

Established in Singapore since April this year, 2getthere Asia Pte. Ltd (2getthere Asia), a joint venture between SMRT Services Pte Ltd and 2getthere, has been awarded its first consultancy project for a major Singapore client to assess the feasibility of implementing the GRT system within the client’s premises. In addition, 2getthere Asia remains on schedule to trial the first 3rd Generation GRT vehicle in Singapore by the end of this year.

“2getthere’s unique technology sets it apart as a proven solution for commuters and cities today.” said Mr Colin Lim, director of 2getthere Asia and Managing Director of SMRT Services. “The award of these projects confirms the significant potential of deploying AV systems in Singapore and beyond in the near future.”

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2getthere Asia Joint Venture established in Singapore

2getthere-Asia-joint-ventureColin Lim, Managing Director, SMRT Services

[quote]“There is a growing national push to implement future mobility solutions in Singapore.”[/quote]
 
 
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2getthere Asia

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.

The agreement was jointly announced by Colin Lim, Managing Director, SMRT Services, and Carel van Helsdingen, Chairman and founder of 2getthere. A replica of the Automated Vehicle was unveiled in the presence of Jacques Werner, Dutch Ambassador to Singapore, and Desmond Kuek, President and Group Chief Executive Officer, SMRT Corporation Ltd.

The new Singapore-based JV, called 2getthere Asia Pte Ltd, will jointly market, install, operate and maintain the Automated Vehicle systems for customers in Singapore and the Asia-Pacific. The JV aims to showcase 2getthere’s 3rd Generation Group Rapid Transit (GRT) vehicle capabilities in Singapore by the end of the year. This showcase will highlight the vehicle’s enhanced and new features.

2getthere’s vehicles are unique in being able to operate autonomously in demanding weather conditions, using artificial landmarks for navigation. The 3rd generation GRT vehicles are able to carry up to 24 passengers each, and can operate as a low-cost automated transit system that can cater for up to 8,000 passengers per hour in any single direction.

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Additionally, 2getthere is also incrementally shifting to mixed-use traffic operations through active participation in several research programmes worldwide. 2getthere Asia will pursue both automated and mixed-use transit projects in Singapore and the region.

Carel van Helsdingen said, “We are delighted to join forces with SMRT Services to further market 2getthere’s proven systems in the Asia-Pacific region, a high-growth sector for innovative transport technologies in the coming years. Building on decades of technological development and experience gathered through projects implemented worldwide, our innovative technology will be able to optimise the efficiency, reliability and safety of transport networks.”

Colin Lim said, “There is a growing national push to implement future mobility solutions that can meet our first and last-mile connectivity needs in Singapore. As part of the JV, SMRT Services will leverage on our experience in installation, operations and maintenance of transit systems to realise these solutions locally. The Automated Vehicles will complement our existing multi-modal transport operations to bring about seamless connectivity for commuters”.

The signing of this agreement establishes 2getthere Asia as a strong regional player in the automated vehicles industry. For SMRT Services, this partnership forms part of its larger strategy to widen its transport capabilities through investments in innovative technologies.

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2getthere joins Dutch trade association Connekt

2getthere-joins-connektSjoerd van der Zwaan, Chief Technology Officer, 2getthere

[quote]“We look forward to contribute to mobility in the Netherlands through and with Connekt”.[/quote]

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2getthere Asia

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.

Sjoerd van der Zwaan, Chief Technology Officer at 2getthere: “We have been realizing sustainable mobility with our personal and group transit solutions for more than 20 years. Connekt is a platform where members pursue ‘Smart, Sustainable and Social Mobility’. As such we share a common goal. The past years we have focused on product development and the projects at hand, realizing the ParkShuttle in Rotterdam (the Netherlands) and the PRT system in Masdar City (Abu Dhabi).”

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He continues: “In light of the current developments with regards to Smart Mobility, the driverless car and the leading role of the Netherlands it is important to work together with both companies and governments. Hence we look forward to contribute to these developments and the mobility market in the Netherlands through and with Connekt”.

Connekt organizes the ‘mobility square’ of the Innovation Expo during the European environmental and transit summit. The theme is ‘Sustainable Urban Delta: a green, creative mega-city ahead in the development of innovations such as photonics, autonomous cars en bio based production’. Dutch minister of transport, Schultz van Haegen, will visit the expo, together with approximately 50 EU-ministers and members of the European Commission.

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2getthere presents at World ITS Congress Bordeaux

Citymobil2Sjoerd van der Zwaan, Chief Technology Officer, 2getthere

[quote]“2getthere clearly leads in the industry in understanding certification of automated systems.”[/quote]

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World ITS Congress

At the upcoming World ITS Congress in Bordeaux, France (http://itsworldcongress.com/), 2getthere will be contributing to the see PR16 –  Certification of automated road vehicles for urban public transport.

The session is scheduled for Tuesday 6 October, 11:00 – 12:30 (HALL1 EXPO – Theatre 1). View full program here.

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Certification Automated Transit

This session will present views and recommendations for handling certification for automated road transport systems (as opposite to “autonomous car”). It will focus both on operational and infrastructural constraint and requirements. It will also consider system versus device-level testing/certification. Benefit of a global testing framework for vehicle and system suppliers as well as system operators and road/transport/urban authorities will be illustrated. The session will give the opportunity to discuss the question: which standards are needed? The speakers will provide a worldwide overview on the topic referring to specific projects (e.g. CityMobil2 WP26).

 

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Strategic Cooperation Agreement with SLTN extended

Eugene Tuijnman, Chief Executive Officer, SLTN Inter Access

[quote]”Working closely together with 2getthere, we see the growing global demand for this unique solution.”[/quote]

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Strategic Cooperation

Eugene Tuijnman, CEO of SLTN Inter Access and Carel van Helsdingen, CEO of 2getthere, reconfirmed their strategic cooperation agreement 5 years after the initial agreement. The cooperation concerns the realization of 2getthere’s innovative automated people mover systems, with SLTN Inter Access designing and providing the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) network.

The cooperation between SLTN Inter Access and 2getthere dates back to 2008, when the companies originally contracted for the design, realization and support of the ICT system for the Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) application at Masdar City in Abu Dhabi. 2getthere’s driverless systems are the first automated people movers operating on a flat road bed without any physical guidance (rail). Although they resemble autonomous cars closely, and even share technology, the systems (for now) still operate on a dedicated track to ensure throughput can be maintained. Thus far more than 1.4 million people have been transported using this PRT system.

Eugene Tuijnman: ‘Working closely together with 2getthere, we see the growing global demand for this unique solution. With our expertise in information and communication technology, our knowledge and expertise in supplying state-of-the-art and moreover very secure and reliable ICT systems, we know we make an important contribution to the systems realized by 2getthere.’
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Prospects on the horizon

The PRT system at Masdar achieves an up-time (system availability) of 99.96%,since 2008 up to now, underlining the stability of the system and related ICT infrastructure and design. From the perspective of 2getthere the continued cooperation was a logical step, indicates Carel van Helsdingen: ‘From the state-of-art ICT design and support during realization of the Masdar project to the responsiveness during operations, the cooperation with SLTN has been successful. Both parties speak the same language and know what to expect from each other, allowing us to concentrate on the project realization and getting the job done.’

At the signing of the reconfirmed cooperation, Eugene Tuijnman and Carel van Helsdingen expressed looking forward to a long and prosperous relationship for both companies. ‘There are several exciting global projects on the horizon and we look forward to signing contracts for them short term and delivering this innovative solution.’, indicated Carel van Helsdingen. The new GRT vehicle has been offered for applications in Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Reactions from the market with regards to both the design and the capabilities have been very positive.

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Enthusiastic prime minister Modi of India visits Masdar

[one_half]On August 17th India PM (Prime Minister) Modi visited Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, kicking off the visit by riding the PRT system supplied by 2getthere.

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. In their pursuit of not missing a single minute of the visit, the floor of the vehicles was creatively used for additional seats as standing is not possible. With the payload of the vehicles not being exceeded, the control room operators decided to allow the transit to proceed although monitoring the passengers continuously over the CCTV system.
 
 
 
 

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NDTV.com reported that ‘The highlight of the PM’s tour was a demo ride in a self-driving car, part of Masdar city’s Private Rapid Transit or PRT. The car runs on lithium batteries powered by solar energy and uses a virtual software to guide its journey. An enthusiastic crowd of Indians gathered in Masdar to watch the PM’s ride; PM Modi was seen waving at the crowd.’ Link: http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/pm-modi-rides-self-driving-car-in-masdar-worlds-first-zero-carbon-city-1208011.

The Prime Minister himself tweeted on his experience, sharing some photos in the process (https://twitter.com/PMOIndia/status/633138811728478208). The message was retweeted nearly 500 times and favorited over 900 times. At the same time UAE news outlets also reported extensively on the visit: http://www.thenational.ae/uae/government/modi-in-uae-indian-pm-takes-a-tour-of-masdar-city.

2getthere continuous to be honored by being able to transport the dignitaries visiting Masdar City with our PRT system.

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2getthere partners with Benteler for the engineering of the 3rd generation GRT

[one_half] BENTELER Engineering Services, reliable engineering partner for the complete product life cycle, and 2getthere, developer of innovative transit systems, strengthen their partnership for the development of 2getthere’s automated people mover applications. Over the past few months the companies have already been working together on the engineering of the 3rd generation Group Rapid Transit (GRT) 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. Hence the space required for docking at berths is reduced, with new configuration options becoming feasible. The all wheel steering allows creating a completely bi-directional vehicle. This avoids a turning loop being required in an application with a linear configuration (pinched loop) to reverse direction and optimizes the footprint of the system. With the system being capable of 5,000 passengers per hour per direction, it is an affordable alternative to the heavier Automated People Mover systems. Along with the bi-directional capability of the GRT vehicle, 2getthere introduces doors on both sides of the vehicle and the ability to operate at a higher maximum speed – with the design requirement being at 60km/h or higher. BENTELER Engineering Services will be responsible for the engineering of both the chassis and the body of the GRT vehicle, with the IP of the work being owned by 2getthere.

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BENTELER Engineering Services has already worked with 2getthere for the assembly of the Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) vehicles operational at Masdar City. With engineering experience in the automotive industry and its capability to realize small series production of vehicles, BENTELER Engineering Services is complementary to the application-, system- and software expertise gathered in 2getthere. Carel van Helsdingen, CEO of 2getthere: ‘With the market for automated systems seeing a rapid growth in the number of interested projects, we were looking for a partner that brings automotive knowledge, German workmanship and Dutch entrepreneurship to the table. We believe the combination of these qualities is represented in BENTELER Engineering Services.’

The new GRT vehicle has been offered for applications in Asia, the Middle East and Europe, drawing excellent reviews from potential customers both on the design and its capabilities.

For more information on BENTELER Engineering Services, please refer to www.benteler-engineering.de

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All aboard the 3rd generation GRT autonomous vehicle

[one_half]2getthere continues to lead the Automated Transit Networks industry with several major innovations being introduced in the 3rd generation Group Rapid Transit (GRT) system. The changes result directly from the experiences gathered with the existing Rivium system (the Netherlands) and the Personal Rapid Transit application at Masdar City (Abu Dhabi).

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. Hence the space required for docking at berths is reduced, with new configuration options becoming feasible. 2getthere CEO Carel van Helsdingen: ‘The all-wheel steering configuration is not new to us, but it is new to our people movers. It provides us another degree of freedom when designing the application based on the customer requirements’.

‘In addition the innovation now provides us with the ability to create a completely bi-directional vehicle. This avoids a turning loop being required in an application with a linear configuration (pinched loop) to reverse direction and optimizes the footprint of the system. With the system being capable of 5,000 passengers per hour per direction, it is an affordable alternative to the heavier Automated People Mover systems’. Along with the bi-directional capability of the GRT vehicle, 2getthere introduces doors on both sides of the vehicle and the ability to operate at a higher maximum speed – with the design requirement being at 60km/h or higher.[/one_half]

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The GRT vehicle will also feature a 400V electric system, rather than the 96V electric system featured in the 2nd generation. This is in line with the systems applied in electric cars, allowing to benefit from the components being developed for such. 2getthere is also planning on using the latest battery technology. It has shown a much better efficiency ensuring vehicles remain available without recharging for a prolonged period of time, while also increasing the battery life.‘We really want to raise the bar and continue to lead in the Automated Transit Networks industry. We are convinced that these innovations will position the GRT vehicle as the preferred system of choice for many applications, especially applications requiring up to 2,500pphpd,’ states Van Helsdingen.

The release of the design specifications comes with the development of the third generation Group Rapid Transit system having commenced earlier this year. In January the design of the new vehicle, realized in close cooperation with the renowned Italian automotive design company Zagato Milano, was already released.
The new GRT vehicle has been offered for applications in Asia, the Middle East and Europe, drawing excellent reviews from potential customers both on the design and its capabilities.

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ATRA webinar: where is automated transportation going next (June 17, 2015)

[quote]Please join the webinar organized by the Advanced Transit Association Industry Group (ATRA IG) on June 17 at 1500 GMT (1000a EDT).[/quote]

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The Webinar is entitled ‘Where is autonomous transit going next?’ and will address where advanced transit systems such as personal rapid transit (PRT) and group rapid transit (GRT) are going. It will cover potential transport demand for ATNs as well as expected technology and strategy developments. The featured speakers represent the University of Bologna and LogistikCentrum. [/one_half]

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The webinar will last approximately 40 minutes after which there will be opportunity to ask questions to the speakers and members of the ATRA Industry Group. There is no need to register; you can access the webinar via the link below. As the room accommodates 100 attendees only, please be sure to join on time! You can participate under your name or an alias if you desire to remain anonymous.

https://webmeeting.umd.edu/atraigwebinar/

This webinar is the third in a series of three webinars. The first two webinars can be viewed on http://www.advancedtransit.org/library/videos/

 

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ATRA Webinar: where are automated transit networks now (May 20, 2015)

[one_half] Date: May 20th at 15.00pm UTC/GMT

The webinar will address where advanced transit systems such as personal rapid transit (PRT) and group rapid transit (GRT) are now. Ranging from the proven applications in operation for several years (Rivium, Masdar City and Heathrow) to the test tracks (Modutram) and the planned applications (Hsinchu City) and technology developments. Featured expert speakers represent 2getthere, Modutram and ULTra PRT.
 
 
 
 
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The webinar will last approximately 40 minutes after which there will be opportunity to ask questions to the speakers and members of the ATRA Industry Group. There is no need to register; you can access the webinar via the link below. As the room accommodates 100 attendees only, please be sure to join on time! You can participate under your name or an alias if you desire to remain anonymous.

webmeeting.umd.edu/atraigwebinar

This webinar is the second in a series of three webinars, with the final webinar scheduled for June 17th: “Where is autonomous transit going next?” The first webinar can be viewed on www.advancedtransit.org/library/videos

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Performance continued

[quote] The Masdar PRT system is currently in its 5th year of operations and continues its performance.[/quote]

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

The new high was established last month, April 2015, with a system availability of 99,99% while carrying a little more than 36,000 passengers. Overall the system continous to show an increase in the number of passengers transported, while the number of trips is growing less rapidly. This is possible as a result of a higher average occupancy of the vehicles. [/one_half]

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The pattern in transportation demand is likely to be repeated again, with the demand significantly smaller during the summer months – most likely due to holidays and the fact that there are less classes.

The drops in demand in month 9 and month 21 are the direct result of the system being out of operation for a period of time to allow for constructions works adjacent to the track.

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ATRA Webinar: what to plan for when planning for automated transit networks (April 22, 2015)

[quote]What to plan for when planning for Automated Transit Networks
Date: April 22nd at 15.00pm UTC/GMT [/quote]

[one_half] The webinar is to discuss the key aspects of assessing whether advanced transit systems such as personal rapid transit (PRT) and group rapid transit (GRT) are a fit with the application’s requirements and characteristics. Featured expert speakers represent ARUP, Lea+Elliott and PRT Consulting.

The webinar will last approximately 40 minutes after which there will be opportunity to ask questions to the speakers and members of the ATRA Industry Group.

During the session we will be covering topics such as:

  • Where to start with the assessment? What information is required to start evaluating the potential project?
  • What capacity can ATN realistically provide? Can they handle surge loads?
  • What is required in terms of right-of-way? How can they be integrated into an existing urban environment [/one_half]

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You can register for the webinar via the link below. As the room accommodates 100 attendees only, please be sure to join on time! You can participate under your name or an alias if you desire to remain anonymous.

https://webmeeting.umd.edu/atraigwebinar/

This webinar is the first in a series of three webinars.

The other webinars in this series are:

May 20th: ”Where are Automated Transit Networks now?”
June 17th: “Where is autonomous transit going next?”

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Memorandum of Understanding signed for GRT system in Hsinchu, Taiwan

[one_half]2getthere and Hsin-Chu Seamless Joint Co., Ltd. (Hsin-Jie) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on January 30th in regard to the realization of the Hsinchu GRT connection.

The MOU is a next step towards the realization of the connection between the local rail stations, Tsing Hha University and Hsinchu Science Park.

The system features 11 stations and will be able to handle 4,800 passengers per hour. To ensure the highest service levels to passengers, four different service lines are defined, with frequencies ranging from 1.5 to 3.5 minutes. The main locations within the system are served by an express line ensuring the shortest possible travel time.

HsinchuGRTlayoutHsin-Jie is engaged in managing, financing, realizing and operating of the PRT/GRT Project in Hsinchu, Taiwan. CEO Chia Feng Shih commented: ‘There is a very clear need for a feeder system in this area of Hsinchu. As Hsin-Jie we are eager to realize the system and contribute to the accessibility of the city and the improvement of local mobility. The system will allow passengers to get to their destination efficiently, reducing the congestion on local roads and improving the living environment in the process.’ [/one_half]

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On behalf of 2getthere the MOU was signed by its CEO Carel van Helsdingen. He indicated: ‘The MOU is an important step towards the realization of the system. Our local representative, Land Network, and we have co-operated closely to get to this stage, but by no means can we consider the work complete now. We will continue working together with the local authorities, Hsin-Jie and other contractors towards the final contract, allowing us to start with the actual realization of this service to the local residents, employees and visitors of Hsinchu.’

2getthere will deploy its 3rd generation GRT vehicle for the application. The vehicle features an iconic design, accommodating up to 25 passengers. The vehicles feature air-conditioning and automated doors with a wide opening to accommodate wheelchairs. The GRT will be fully electrical. The vehicles are completely driverless and automatically guided by 2getthere’s proven magnet based navigation system. The maximum speed will be 40 km/hr.

To achieve the required capacity of 4,800 passengers per hour and the realization of the system and the service level to passengers, a fleet size of 55 GRT vehicles is required.

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The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding preceded a symposium with various presentations from contributors to the Hsinchu GRT connection. Carel van Helsdingen presented on behalf of 2getthere.

Also see the report on the site of Hsinchu County Government.

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Masdar City operations head into year 5

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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. At 99.96%, 99.97% and 99.97% the system has been unavailable to passengers approximately 9 minutes out of 559 hours of operation. It should be noted that the availability is achieved without grace period; any system disturbance is immediately taken into account.[/one_half]

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The PRT system is still greatly appreciated by its passengers – including the VIPs visiting Masdar City, such as the members of the Global Green Growth Institute and Ford Motor Co. Executive Chairman Bill Ford, who called out Masdar PRT as example of the future of mobility: http://tinyurl.com/kuz37ox

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SMRT and 2getthere enter into a partnership for Singapore

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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. The signing was witnessed by Desmond Kuek, President and Chief Executive Officer, SMRT Corporation; Jacques Werner, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; and Ahmed Aboutaleb, the Mayor of the City of Rotterdam. The agreement includes a preferred partnership with SMRT for operations with any 2getthere application in Asia Pacific and the Middle East.

SMRT and 2getthere have been working together since 2010, with SMRT partnering 2getthere for the operation of the Masdar City Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system. The system recently carried its one millionth passenger. With a featured system availability of 99.4%, it is widely regarded as a huge success.

Mr. Desmond Kuek said: “This is a significant milestone in the relationship between SMRT and 2getthere as we mark the signing of the Exclusive Distributorship for 2getthere transit systems in Singapore, and Preferred Operator status for the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions. SMRT is a leading multi-modal transport operator in Singapore and 2getthere, a global driverless transit system leader. Both our companies are now aligned even closer in our drive towards leveraging technology to redefine the standard of world class transport services.”[/one_half]

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Mr. Carel van Helsdingen added: “SMRT has demonstrated that it is a very reliable partner with extensive operational experience. Our success in previous collaborations has been a major contributing factor to sealing this new exclusive agreement. We look forward to tapping on SMRT’s expertise and understanding of the transit landscape, to tailor solutions that address the global demand for more efficient modes of transportation.”

The signing of the agreement adds another strong local presence for 2getthere. In addition to the partnership with SMRT in Singapore, it is also collaborating with United Technical Services for the Gulf Coast Countries, and the Land Network for Taiwan.

For SMRT, this agreement is part of its larger strategy to widen its reach into international markets through the provision of consultancy, operational expertise and services.

 

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Masdar PRT system eclipses 1 million passenger-mark

[quote]On May 22nd at 13.55 hours, the PRT system at Masdar welcomed its 1 millionth passenger.[/quote]

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‘This milestone demonstrates the popularity of the technology being showcased at Masdar City,’ said Anthony Mallows, Director of Masdar City. ‘The PRT system has made a significant contribution to the city’s development thus far, and will continue to feature as an important function of the city’s transportation system.’

The PRT system at Masdar City was the first PRT system to open to the general public on November 28, 2010. From the very first moment the system has been a success, attracting local visitors to the retail at Masdar and featuring prominently as part of the Abu Dhabi Big Bus tour. International dignitaries, ranging from His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to secretary-general Ban Ki Moon and leaders of many nations around the globe, have also been introduced to 2getthere’s innovative transit system during their visit to Masdar.

The patronage of the system is actually four times higher than originally anticipated. The higher ridership is possible as the degree to which people share vehicles is also double what was expected. Where the average occupancy of a normal car ranges from 1.1 to 1.3 people, the average occupancy of the pods ranges between 2 and 2.4, with the higher values being achieved on the weekends.[/one_half]

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2getthere CEO Carel van Helsdingen comments: ‘We are very proud to have reached the 1 million passengers milestone. It confirms the success of the application and the attraction of Masdar to people. We are confident this will help convince other developers to consider these type of feeder systems to improve their accessibility as well.’

The PRT system has achieved a 99.4% system availability since the opening. ‘Establishing a mark like that in a difficult climate can be attributed to sound engineering. It is good to see we didn’t get it wrong. At the same time we are continuously taking in the learnings from the application to ensure that we can apply these for next systems’ adds Van Helsdingen.

The system at Masdar was realized in close cooperation with UAE based United Technical Services. UTS and 2getthere actually celebrated 15 years of cooperation for the Gulf Coast Countries just the night before. UTS COO Ziad al Askari: ‘The success of the cooperation didn’t come overnight. We have both invested significant time and effort in building the relationship and the business. Systems like these aren’t like toasters: there are so many variables that can be influenced to generate the right passenger experience that projects typically have a considerable lead time.’

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UTS and 2getthere celebrate 15 years co-operation

[one_half] 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. With the UAE undergoing rapid development, the driverless systems appeared to be a good fit with the urban environment rapidly changing.

15 years later the companies are able to celebrate the co-operation on the eve of the first system realized and operated in close cooperation establishing a landmark passenger number. The cooperation has been so good that the cooperation by now services the Gulf Coast Countries and has led to a Joint Venture being established.

Ziad Al Askari, COO United Technical Services, states: ‘Over the years the companies have created a very strong relationship. The transit systems require intensive contact between the companies and with the potential customers, to ensure the application meets their requirements and is fit for purpose. UTS, as an engineering pioneer in the Middle East, contributes the local knowledge, expertise and understanding, ensuring a sound basis for the systems realized.’[/one_half]

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Over the years the cooperation has evolved, with the partners pursuing projects in Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia in addition to the United Arab Emirates. ‘Through our network in the region other opportunities are presented to us. We are currently following up on multiple opportunities. The realization of the system at Masdar has really increased the interest in these type of systems’ adds Al Askari.

2getthere CEO, Carel van Helsdingen, believe the cooperation will only become stronger over the next years due to the increased interest. ‘There are so many developments ongoing, that we currently have the work cut out for the Joint Venture. We do expect that all the hard work put forward is going to result in at least one other project in the near term.’

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

[one_half] 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.

During the session we will be covering topics such as:
• What are Automated Transit Networks (ATN)?
• How can it best be used to enhance existing public transportation?
• How current operational systems are performing.

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Please note that there is no requirement to register for the webinar: by simply using the URL below you can request access to the meeting room at the start of the webinar. All you have to do is enter your name, or an alias if you desire to remain anonymous. As the room accommodates 100 attendees only, please be sure to join on time!

URL: https://webmeeting.umd.edu/igatra/

The ATRA Industry Group consists of: 2getthere, Arup, Berger/ABAM, Lea+Elliott, LogistikCentrum, Podaris, PRT Consulting, ULTra Global PRT, University of Bologna

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Masdar PRT system 3 year anniversary

[one_half] 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.
The pattern clearly shows the summer months having much reduced passengers numbers, reflecting the hot climate and students leaving for summer break. The last month of the 3 years also featured the highest passenger numbers to date. The system carried nearly 36,000 passengers in November 2013, with the peak day coming in at 1,736 people.

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The passengers numbers have been increasing recently, which could also be contributed to the fact that Masdar City is now featured on the Big Bus Tour Abu Dhabi. The site is promoted as featuring one of the lowest environmental footprints in the world and state of the art technology: solar power and driverless cars.

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2getthere participating in the iMobility Challenge

[one_half]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.

2getthere CEO Carel van Helsdingen showed FIA President Jean Todt the future of mobility: Personal Rapid Transit. The mock-up model of the Masdar Podcar was on display to visitors, allowing them to experience how spacious the vehicle is. [/one_half]

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Organised with the assistance of the Royal Dutch Touring Club (ANWB), attendees included the world’s leading motoring organisations, leading mobility experts, universities, industry CEOs and international and national policy makers as well as other dignitaries, and the Media. Formula one star Nico Rosberg with Dutch racing drivers Giedo van der Garde, Robin Frijns and Kevin Abbring were also present to endorse intelligent mobility and demonstrate the high performance capabilities of electric vehicles.

Participants had a chance to take the driver’s seat and experience a diverse variety of technologies, systems, services & actual deployment examples in the field of intelligent mobility.

In particular the event was divived into four areas: efficient, cooperative, smart and safe mobility.

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Brink TV channel reports on the Masdar City PRT system

[one_half] 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).

From Bloomberg:
May 13 (Bloomberg) — The United Arab Emirates – a country enriched by its massive oil reserves is looking to position itself as a leader in a post-petroleum world. So they’ve built Masdar City, a low-carbon, zero-waste urban center that could sustain a 40,000 person population, 1,500 clean tech businesses, and 50,000 commuters while using 20% of the power of a conventional city of a smaller size.

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[one_half] The centerpiece of the project is the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, a post-graduate university established in partnership with MIT that aims to be a hotbed for future innovation.

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Land Network and 2getthere host Podcar Forum Taiwan

[one_half]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, communities, ministries as well as investors, universities and media.[/one_half] [one_half]The program featured several key-note speakers, who shared the latest research and conclusions on alternative transportation for the Taiwanese market. Land Network obtained several enquiries as a result of the conference for potential projects to be considered.

 

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Masdar Pods are included in Wild Arabia broadcast

[quote]’Wild Arabia explores the amazing contrasts and remarkable people that make Arabia so intoxicating.'[/quote]

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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.

Series producer Dan Reese on his blog: ‘Wild Arabia was always envisaged as being about more than just the animals.

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

[one_half]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.

Masdar City features the world first PRT system, opening for service to the public November 28 2010. Since that time the system has carried over 600,000 passengers while featuring a system availability continuously above 99,4%.[/one_half]

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2getthere CEO Carel van Helsdingen: ‘We are proud that Masdar has been able to obtain the award and our PRT system having significantly contributed to it. Where 2getthere received recognition completing the challenging project from design to operation in less than 24 months, this award signals another aspect that 2getthere ‘got right’. We take great pride in our focus on the characteristics of the application and designing the system to the requirements of the passengers and the customer. This award emphasises the contribution automated PRT and GRT systems have on sustainability, even for the ultimate sustainable development Masdar City.’

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500.000 passenger mark at Masdar City reached

[one_half]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, showing the great appeal of the development and the transit system as an integral part of it.

The milestone passenger was visiting Masdar as part of a group of students being introduced to Masdar and the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology.

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[/one_half]2getthere is content and very proud of the achievement, as it confirms the passenger load handles is approximately three times higher than originally expected. The system continous to operate well, achieving a system availability consistently above 99%.

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

[one_half] 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. Llewellyn launched his original Fully Charged pilot in June 2010 with the aim of creating an internet TV series about cars that “don’t go vroom or drift sideways on airfields”.
In this series he also visits Masdar City and the PRT system, dedicating two episodes of his show to the sustainable city.

Part 1: Masdar’s solar power generation

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Part 2: Masdar’s wind tower and 2getthere’s PRT system

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Popular Mechanics refers to Masdar PRT as ‘Total Recall’s Robotaxi’

[one_half] Popular Mechanics features 8 Sci-Fi gadgets from movies that are becoming reality, with 2getthere’s podcars at Masdar being compared to the robotaxi from Total Recall. According to Popular Mechanics ‘many of the fantastic creations from the most famous summer movie franchises turn into real gadgets and tech’. [/one_half]

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The full article, including 7 other developments, are available at: http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/digital/fact-vs-fiction/how-8-sci-fi-gadgets-are-becoming-reality?click=pp#slide-1

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Steady growth of Passengers for Masdar City PRT system

[one_half] 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.

 
 
 

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The trend-line shows a good growth over the past period and with the significant increase in passengers in February, which is continuing in the first week of March, it is expected that the passenger number will continue to rise. Especially also in light of the fact that the next phase of Masdar will open later this year.

Actually the only ‘dip’ in the passenger number occured during the hot summer months in 2011, which coincided with the Ramadan period. The opportunity was taken to cease the operations of the system in favor of construction works ongoing for MIST phase 1B.

The system availability over the months of operations remain stable, at >99%.

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

[one_half] On December 2nd 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. The Spirit of the Union is derived from the vision and leadership of the Late Sheikh Zayed, and now lives on through His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and his fellow leaders of the nation’s Emirates who are shaping the UAE’s future.’

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Part of the celebrations was the Official Ceremony at Zayed Sports Stadium, which was filled to capacity. The Spirit of the Union came to life as young and old, men and women, Emirati and expats alike were patriotically dressed in the nation’s colours creating a sea of red, white, black and green across the stadium.

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.

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Masdar PRT System Year 1 Review

[one_half] 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).

[/one_half] The system operated to satisfaction, showing in increase in the system performance through the year. 2getthere was especially pleased with the results over the hot, humid summer months. Starting November 28th the on site team has been reduced to 8 people; the system remains available 18 hours per day.

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[one_half] On the early morning (7:38hr) of October 20th the Masdar PRT application carried its 200.000th passsenger since the opening on November 28th, 2010.

Nearly His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, in the company of His Highness Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Adviser and Vice Chairman of the Executive Council, would have been the 200.000th passenger. Their visit to Masdar was only a day earlier. [/one_half]

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On a typical day the Masdar PRT system will carry between 700 and 900 passengers. The peak was achieved during the first Market@Masdar event, when the system carried 3,600 passengers, while during that month over 27,000 passengers were transported. The system availability has been very constant at 99+%.

 

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[one_half] His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces visited Masdar on October 19th. Accompanied by His Highness Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Adviser and Vice Chairman of the Executive Council, he emphasized the importance of Masdar’s function, through both its international and local projects, as a national long term, strategic initiative aiming at developing and implimenting renewable energy solutions to answer to growing energy demands. He commended Masdar for achieving great successes in a short period of time stressing this as proof that the company is on the right track and achieving steady progress.

 
 
 
 
 
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At the onset of the tour, His Highness the Crown Prince, accompanied by His Highness Sheikh Hazaa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, boarded the Personal Rapid Transport (PRT) System, a zero emission, driverless transportation vehicle that can move at 40KM/hr, to the Masdar Institute, where he enjoyed an explanation of Masdar at a glimpse through the multimedia wall located at the PRT station. His Highness then proceeded to the semiconductor laboratory and the Masdar Institute Clean Room, the Earth Observation and Environmental Remote Sensing lab as well as the Interactive Artificial Intelligence lab.

VIPs previously travelling on the Masdar PRT system include Secratary General Ban Ki Moon of the United Nations, Sheikh Majid Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister of Spain José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and Prinses Victoria of Sweden.

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[one_half] Masdar City announced ‘The Market@Masdar City’, a family-focused street fair and organic market, will be organized again on October 28th. The market offers Abu Dhabi residents a glimpse at life in one of the world’s must sustainable, urban developments.
 
 
 
 
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The event is free to the public. The Market@Masdar City will feature recreational activities for the entire family, including entertainment and games for children. In addition, visitors will have an opportunity to ride Masdar City’s electric driverless Personal Rapid Transport (PRT) pod cars, which will whisk guests to and from the MI campus. During the last market the PRT was one of the most popular aspects of the event.

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[one_half]The Wall Street Journal of Monday September 12th featured 2getthere’s PRT system (with picture) as part of the broader article ‘How to Build a Greener City’. The interesting article details options ranging from garbage collection, small wind turbines to transportation (walking, biking and Personal Rapid Transit).
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Please find the link here: http://tinyurl.com/6jk5l4w.

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[one_half] The 5th Podcar City Conference (PCCC5) will be held on September 6-8, 2011 at Stockholm Waterfront Conference Center. Conference Presenters are the Institute for Sustainable Transportation (IST), Advanced Transit Association (ATRA) and Kompass, a network for local authorities interested in Podcars (PRT). 2getthere will be attending, contributing to sessions on current installations and a session explaining aspects of PRT systems from design to realization and operations (working together with other vendors). [/one_half]

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Should you still want to register, please visit the website of the conference and register as a Friend of ATRA: http://podcarcity.org/stockholm/register/

 

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[one_half] As a result of the publicity for the system and the operations at Masdar City and Rivium, more and more people world wide are getting interested in the concept of Personal Rapid Transit. The mode is seen as a way to increase the catchment area’s of stations and function as a feeder system. PRT can also accomodate moderate up to medium passenger flows as a local circulator system at airports, universities and company estates.

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Land Network from Taiwan recognized the possibilities of PRT and has the desire to introduce the concept in Taiwan. After careful research and a visit to the Masdar application, Land Network decided on moving forward with 2getthere. As of June 1st 2011 Land Network is the authorized agent for 2getthere for Taiwan.

In addition to the PRT system, Land Network will also be marketing 2getthere’s GRT system in Taiwan.

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[one_half] The International Council on Innovation in Higher Education (ICIE) visited  Abu Dhabi and the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in June 2010, with professor Maureen Sheehan Paparella (Director of Information Technology) making a follow up visit in March 2011.

A report on the trip available on line states that ‘Paparella believes that one of the most enticing reasons to want to live in a place like Masdar City is the PRT or personal rapid transit system…’. The PRT system has generated considerably enthusiasm with many passengers, especially kids.[/one_half]

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The report continues to state that ‘Paparella recognized this as a sustainable mode of transportation that is “economical, aesthetically and environmentally attractive, and delightfully comfortable; the experience of riding in the personal rapid transit car was right out of the Jetsons’.

The full report can be downloaded from this link.

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[one_half] The first edition of the Market@Masdar on April 29th was a marketable success. During the day it is estimated that between 6,000 and 8,000 residents of Abu Dhabi visited the sustainable development. The PRT system carried nearly 3,600 passengers that day, greatly exceeding the envisioned capacity it was designed for.

The reactions of the public to the PRT was nothing but enthusiastic. During a period of 10 hours the demand for transportation (in each direction) exceeded the design capacity. The result was that waiting lines formed; although people were advised they could use the shuttle bus as an alternative, many elected to wait and use the podcars. Especially children seemed to greatly  enjoy ‘driving’ the vehicle. [/one_half]

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For 2getthere there were many positive experiences, ranging from the willingness to share a vehicle to carrying multiple strollers on a single trip. The system operated at a 99,4% system availability over the day, proving itself capable.

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[one_half] Stazione Futuro is the exhibition that tells of the Italy of the years to come. A hypertechnological future full of surprises, yet very close to us and already largely ready to be told. This is because, shut away in important university research centres and company laboratories, but also in lots of homes and small private studios, there are already people who are working on innovative and revolutionary projects, capable of radically changing a significant part of our lives and habits. In the years to come, the widespread dissemination of broadband (ultra-broadband in cities) will increase the potential of the Internet, encouraging the ultra-fast transmission of an infinitely vast amount of information and knowledge, offering new communication and job opportunities. Home automation and the use of new materials will transform our homes into “intelligent homes”, capable of independently managing functions and duties that we are currently responsible for. [/one_half]

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2getthere’s PRT 1:1 scale model, as previously shown at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, will be shown at Stazione Futuro from June through August.

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[one_half] The construction works of the new P+R facility at metro Station Kralingse Zoom, also the starting point of the ParkShuttle service towards business park Rivium, are entering the next phase. As a result of the works using the track of the system, the system will temporarily not be available starting April 18th. It is expected that the operations will be resumed early July.

To ensure the accesbility of the Rotterdam region, the traffic in the centre is to be reduced. To ensure public transit is an attractive alternative for people, P+R facilities are being created at the periphery of the city. These are located at the major intersections, where high quality and high service public transit and car accesibility are both present. P+T Kralingse Zoom is one of the most important P+R locations and is currently being upgraded: the capacity is being increased through the construction of a new parking garage (from 730 parking spaces to 1.525). [/one_half]

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The following movie (in Dutch) also highlights the works: wegwerken

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[one_half] Masdar City today announced the launch of ‘The Market@Masdar City,’ a family-focused street fair and organic market that will offer Abu Dhabi residents a glimpse at life in one of the world’s must sustainable, urban developments. The event will be held from 10.00am-5.00pm on Friday, 29 April at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MI) campus. The event is free to the public. The Market@Masdar City will feature recreational activities for the entire family, including entertainment and games for children. In addition, visitors will have an opportunity to ride Masdar City’s electric driverless Personal Rapid Transport (PRT) pod cars, which will whisk guests to and from the MI campus.

The Market@Masdar City will run as a monthly event, except in the hot season from May to September, and will offer retail exhibitors an opportunity to display a wide range of organic food from Abu Dhabi local farms, organic beauty & spa products, as well as recycled stationary, arts and crafts including jewellery. A children’s entertainment section, henna designs, face painting will be part of the local fair.

Alan Frost, Director of Masdar City, said, “Masdar City is open to the public and is a living example of what Abu Dhabi can achieve and its commitment to sustainable living. We encourage people to begin sharing the Masdar experience and to be part of the historic development in creating one of the world’s most sustainable cities. [/one_half]

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“The principles of sustainable living are truly evident at the Masdar Institute campus, where nearly 180 students from around the world have come to live and study,” added Mr. Frost. “The ‘Market @ Masdar City’ is a good recreational and educational opportunity for visitors to see how sustainability can be brought to life – not only at Masdar City, but to the entire Abu Dhabi community.”

The campus at Masdar employs a blend of contemporary and traditional Arabian architecture. Innovations in passive design and green building materials, including the recycled aluminum façades, are part of a sophisticated design that offers a naturally cooler environment with shaded walkways. Visitors will also be able to see and learn about the ‘green’ landmarks on the campus, such as the Wind Tower and the Knowledge Centre.

Located 17km from downtown Abu Dhabi, Masdar City is a high-density, pedestrian-friendly development, where current and future renewable energy and clean technologies are showcased, marketed, researched, developed, tested and implemented.

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[one_half] The business park Rivium operations are currently facing an increased number of passengers daily as a result of building works adjacent to the track. Due the construction of a new parking facility, the bike path and walkway adjacent to the track have had to be closed down, with the people being carried by the ParkShuttle system.

As the construction also diminishes the number of parking spots available, a temporary parking has been created on the other side of the A16. Passengers that used to get directly on the metro, now first use the ParkShuttle to get to the metro.[/one_half]

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As a result the capacity of the ParkShuttle system is not sufficient any longer to deal with the demand on the system. For this purpose operating company ConneXXion has added two manually driven mini-busses to the operations. One mini-bus serves the passengers with bikes, while the other serves as a short connection between the temporary parking at the metro station.

The video provides an impression of a typical morning rush hour with the arrival of metro. The images are taken from a CCTV camera part of the system and accelerated – the real time interval is approximately 20 minutes.

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[one_half] The Masdar PRT system was taken into operation on Sunday November 28th. The system is operational 18 hours a day (between 06.00hr and 00.00hr). The system operates on demand, with a minimum of 7 vehicles operational during all peak hours.

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TotalDecemberJanuaryFebruary
Number of passengers10,10916,32918,520
Number of trips (with passengers)5,5488,3448,974
Average vehicle occupancy1.72.02.1
Peak-day number of passengers5891,006850
Total kilometers driven5,38610,16410,784
Vehicle availability99.8%99.7%99.8%
System availability98.6%99.2%99.2%
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[one_half] The 13th International Conference on Automated People Movers and Transit Systems will be held in Paris, Palais des Congrès, from May 22 to 26, 2011.

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The Conference  will also give a large part to the “Personal Rapid Transit” (PRT) systems as Heathrow Airport in London and Masdar City in Abu Dhabi. It will include discussion of the exciting possibilities of PRT, the progress of PRT suppliers’ development, and the planning of PRT networks

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[one_half]In the most recent edition of Spectrum, 2getthere’s Chief Service Engineer, is featured in the Dream Job’s section:

As the project’s chief service engineer, Duiser troubleshoots the cars’ electrical, mechanical, air-conditioning, and wireless networking systems. With mere weeks left before he must hand over control of the transit system to its operators, he takes a break only when the local authorities want to show it off to visiting sheikhs or delegations from China and Europe.

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read the full article:
http://spectrum.ieee.org/geek-life/profiles/dream-job-jaap-duiser

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[one_half]Passenger Terminal EXPO provides the most significant opportunity for airport and airline industries to debate issues and form business relationships on a global scale. 2011 will be the 17th international conference and exhibition for terminal design, management, security and technology.

PRT systems are widely regarded as an effective solution to airport-related transport problems, both landside and airside, as well as a feasible alternative to mass-transportation in urban environments. Today’s presenters will give an insight into the current PRT state of play around the world.

One of the most high-profile airport PRT projects is under way at Heathrow, and David Holdcroft will update delegates on progress to date, focusing on passenger testing, commissioning and airport integration. Many other airports are also investigating the possibilities of PRT. John Mok of Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport will explain what he has learned about the adaptive programming of facilities for future needs with PRT, and Austin Smith of Arup will outline the studies taking place to integrate San Jose Airport with other local major activity centres. [/one_half]

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Several speakers will also discuss progress to date on urban PRT systems. Tom Voge of Transport & Mobility Leuven will give delegates an overview of the state of the art of PRT applications in urban areas, while Robbert Lohmann of 2getthere will use Masdar City an example of how an urban experience of PRT can be translated to airport applications.

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[one_half] This international seminar aims to raise awareness of innovative public transport, specifically Personal and Group Rapid Transit. It will disseminate the results of Daventry’s involvement in the NICHES+ (EC) project and promote the position of Daventry as the site for a pilot implementation in the UK.
 
 
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Hosted by Daventry District Council in its designation as a NICHES+ ‘Champion City’, this one-day seminar will feature leading professionals in UK and European Transport Policy as well as Personal Rapid Transit and Group Rapid Transit.

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The world’s first Personal Rapid Transit system: Masdar City


Masdar City PRT

Masdar City PRT
Operational since November 2010


Masdar City PRT

Masdar City is a carbon neutral, car-free city, featuring Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) to accommodate mobility. Phase 1A of the Masdar PRT system is approximately 1.4 kilometers long and features 2 stations: the North Car Park and the Masdar Institute for Science and Technology. The system opened to the general public on November 28, 2010, while the system availability and vehicle reliability consistently exceed 99.6% and 99.9% respectively. The PRT system is operational 18 hours a day, from 06.00hr until midnight, every day.

Passenger demand

The 10 vehicles operate on-demand, featuring angled berth stations allowing for independent entry and exit of vehicles. The system is carrying 5 times the anticipated amount of passengers, averaging >85% average occupancy during the weekends. On May 22nd, 2014 the system carried its 1 millionth passenger, with the 2 millionth passenger expected in November 2016. The vehicles are entirely powered by Lithium-Phosphate batteries, allowing a range of 60 kilometers on a 1.5 hour charge. The vehicles are recharged at the berths.

VIPs

With Masdar City hosting numerous VIP visitors, including many heads-of-state, the PRT system has probably carried more notable passengers than any other transit system in the world. Ranging from Shaikh Mohammed to King Willem-Alexander, Ban Ki-Moon, Angela Merkel and prime minister Modi, as well as actors and sports stars, they have all enjoyed the ride on 2getthere’s PRT system. The appreciation for the service and innovative character is also evident from the posts on social media, especially Instagram.

More Information:

Please visit www.masdarcity.com

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[one_half]At Masdar City 2getthere is also introcuding the concept of Freight Rapid Transit (FRT). The FRT vehicles now still are flatbed vehicles, as they still need to be equipped with their load handling mechanism. Originally envisioned as being a roller bed, the concept is flexible and the logistics service provider at Masdar will determine the final mechansim being installed.

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In this phase 3 freight vehicles will be delivered to the development, capable of carrying up to two pallets with a combined weight of 1600 kilo. The vehicles feature a slightly larger engines and brakes, ensuring they can achieve the same acceleration and deceleration as the PRT vehicles in the network.

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