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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.

Apply now

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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.

 
Apply now
 

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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.

Sold Out

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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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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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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GRT vehicle: automated minibus

2getthere’s GRT vehicles are automated minibuses accommodating 22 passengers (8 seated, 14 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 + 14 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 front axle
Energy source:Li-ion nano NMC, 2x 18.4kWh
Range:up to 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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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[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] 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] 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.

The number of passengers is gradually increasing, most notably during the weekends. [/one_half]

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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.

This conference APM-ATS 2011 is the appointment of worldwide professionals who want to share their experiences and innovations regarding fully automated transit systems. It gathers every two years, hundreds of specialists: engineers, researchers, manufacturers, consultants, operators, urban planners and project developers. [/one_half]

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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] During the recent World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi Sam Lissner and Peter Rose extensively documented the PRT effort being installed at Masdar City as part of their project Mobility Tomorrow (masters thesis for the NYU Center for Global Affairs).[/one_half]

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The PRT is one of the videos that has to provoke people to contribute to a discussion on sustainable transit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UMvj2ZYnU8

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Driverless buses in mixed traffic (2003-2004)


Driverless Buses in mixed traffic

To introduce the newly developed 2nd generation GRT vehicle, 2getthere demonstrated the vehicle during the Electric Vehicle exhibition in Monte Carlo (EVMC) in 2003. Located in the port, a small lap was created within the site of the exhibition, where the driverless vehicle used the same street as the Formula 1 cars. With the vehicle operating amongst the visitors of the exhibition, it had a steward on-board to intervene when necessary. The most prominent passenger was Prince Albert, who officially opened the exhibition.

CyberCars in Antibes

In 2004 the city of Antibes hosted the closing conference of the CyberCars and CyberMove EU-research programs on driverless vehicles. Leading up to the conference, the 2nd generation GRT provided a demonstration on the Avenue du Verdun in the port of Antibes during two weeks. The road was closed to car traffic, with pedestrians and bikes able to intersect at any point along the track. All local schools visited the driverless vehicles, with a high speed test and emergency braking demonstrated during the conference.

Driverless vehicles in Delft and Utrecht

On the streets of Delft a demonstration was provided later that year to interest potential students in technical studies. Interacting with bikes on the streets along the canals, the steward never had to intervene despite the intensive bike traffic. A similar demonstration was organized in 2005, although mixing with car traffic, during the opening of the Hessing showroom in Utrecht. The driverless vehicles provided transportation towards the exclusive car dealership located in the sound barrier along the A2.

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Testing public acceptance of automation at Floriade 2002

Floriade PRT

From April till October 2002, 25 Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) vehicles provided transportation to the top of Big Spotters’ Hill at the horticultural exhibition Floriade. During operation from April till October, 25 CyberCabs provided transportation to the top of the observation point. The Floriade PRT system formed an alternative to the stairs to the 40 meters high lookout point. The 1st generation CyberCab vehicles were specifically designed for the application, allowing passengers to enjoy the view of the Park.

Configuration

The vehicles used a 700-meter track spiraling up the hill to transport passengers between the bottom and top stations. To ensure the best possible view, the speed of the vehicles was limited to 11 km/h and drove outside of the track (left hand side) traveling upwards. Each vehicle accommodated 4 passengers, or alternatively 2 passengers and a wheelchair, realizing a a maximum capacity of 600 passengers per hour per direction. The electric CyberCabs were supplied with ‘green’ energy, with the batteries exchanged by hand every 2 hours.

Experience

A round trip with the Floriade PRT system was priced at 2,5€. The duration of a single trip was just over 4 minutes. Passenger acceptance was excellent, with research showing both old and young using the system without any reservations. During the 6 months of operations, nearly 400,000 passengers used the system. At completion of the Floriade, the system was dismantled and the different vehicles donated to various colleges and universities throughout Europe to allow them to use it as platforms for research projects.

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The first urban autonomous operations at Rivium

Rivium Business Park

When Rivium business park was first created it required a good public transit connection. With a relatively small distance (1.2 kilometers) to metro station Kralingse Zoom, it was felt that an automated system would be preferred over a manually driven bus due to the repetitive nature. As a rail solution was deemed to expensive, autonomous shuttles were suggested. Based on its experience with automated vehicles in the Port of Rotterdam, 2getthere was selected as supplier.

Initial Installation

The initial installation featured 3 vehicles, each accommodating up to 10 passengers. The route is realized on what was previously planned as a bike path: should the system not deliver on its promises, it allows for the infrastructure to continue to be used. It also means operations on a single lane, with designated locations to allow vehicles from the opposite direction to pass. A landmark bridge over a major highway ensures entry to the Rivium business park.

Lessons learned

While intended for 1 year only, the system operated for nearly 3 years. At that time it was concluded that it did deliver the transit service desired, with improvements to comfort, reliability and capacity desired. The transit operator Connexxion set up a list of requirements to tranform the vehicles from machines to means of public transit. One of the vehicles served in the Schiphol application for several years, before also being decommisioned.

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12 years of level 4 autonomous operations at Rivium

System configuration

In 2006 the system is replaced with 2nd generation vehicles. The route is extended with two additional stations, to serve deeper into the business park. Another station is added to serve the new business park Brainpark III and the residential area Fascinatio developed along the existing route. The length of the route is increased to 1.8 kilometers, with several at grade intersections for cars (3) and pedestrians (5). The bridge remains single lane to avoid the required additional investment.

Daily Operations

The system is operational on weekdays as it primarily serves the business park. Operating between 06.00am and 09.00pm, the six vehicles carry approximately 2,500 passengers per day. In the peak hours all vehicles are operational at a 2.5 minute headway, providing a capacity of approximately 500 passengers per hour per direction. In the off-peak hours vehicles alternate charging. The system is in revenue service, integrated in the national ride fare system of the Netherlands.

12 years of service

The first vehicles were completed in 2004, serving in various demonstrations within Europe before commencing service at Rivium in 2006. After an initial concession of 5 years, Connexxion is awarded a second term of 5 years and a subsequent 2 year extension. In the 12 years of operations, each vehicle has exceeded 250,000 kilometers driven. The operations are supervised by a single operator per shift, who who is also responsible for cleaning and sales of individual tickets.

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The start of the autonomous age at Schiphol Airport, 1997



Schiphol GRT

In 1997 four ParkShuttles were installed at Schiphol Airport’s long term parking lot P3, to improve the service to airline-passengers and to support Schiphol’s brand image. Each vehicles accommodated 8 seated passengers, 2 standees and luggage. At any time three ParkShuttles were in operation, while one vehicle is charged. When there are no transit requests, the vehicles space themselves to ensure minimal waiting times at each stop. When necessary the vehicle charging was made available by manual override for additional capacity.

System Operations

The track consisted of two loops of 1 kilometer each, featuring 3 stations per loop. The vehicles transported passengers from the shuttle stops near their cars to the main stop at the passenger lounge. At the passenger lounge berths were provided for alighting and boarding for both loop A and loop B. Each loop had several intersections with car traffic (equipped with barriers and traffic lights) and pedestrians (equipped with audible alarms only). From the passenger lounge buses provided transportation towards the passenger terminals.

Lessons Learned

During the lifespan of the system several surveys showed great passenger satisfaction and the system proved very reliable. The service was available 24/7, free of charge. Operations were stopped in 2004 after 7 years of operation, where the pilot was intended for 3 years only initially. Installation of the 2nd generation ParkShuttle was seriously considered, but uncertainty in regard to future plans of Schiphol Airport and parking lot P3, as well as the development of air-traffic meant a positive decision could not be taken at that time.

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