Pascal Brier, Executive Vice-President for Strategy, Innovation and Solutions at Altran
Altran is proud to provide 2getthere with critical technologies and expertise in the field of e-mobility, vehicle design and prototyping.
2getthere and Altran, the global leader in engineering and R&D services, announced a production agreement as a new phase in their strategic partnership. Altran will play a key role in the series production of 2getthere’s GRT (Group Rapid Transit) autonomous shuttles, with the production and assembly of the first series (30) GRT vehicles at its automotive expertise center in Helmond (Netherlands). The first batch of first vehicles will be delivered in 2019.
The 3rd generation GRT autonomous shuttle is designed for the last mile connection and offers a solution for locations such as airports, business parks, smart cities, residential areas and national parks.
Following a successful co-development relation with regard to engineering and prototyping, Altran will use its production facilities and bring in their expertise to:
– assemble the vehicles, each consisting of some 4000 parts and
– arrange procurement and logistics for chassis, drive train and
– Run a factory acceptance test in cooperation with 2getthere.
The 30 vehicles will be delivered for 2getthere’s Blue Waters Island (Dubai), Brussels Airport (Belgium) and Rivium Business park (Netherlands) projects. In the upcoming years, Altran and 2getthere expect to take numerous GRT shuttle to the road, being part of Group Rapid Transit systems around the world. The partnership ensures 2getthere is able to scale up its production capacity quickly depending on the project load, while not having to invest in its own production line. Being able to produce either in the Netherlands at Altran, or locally under the guidance of Altran, also ensures local involvement and employment.
‘With experience in autonomous driving and e-mobility as well as design, prototyping and testing of driverless vehicles, Altran was a natural partner for 2getthere’s third-generation autonomous vehicle’, says Carel van Helsdingen, CEO of 2getthere.
Commenting on the partnership, Pascal Brier, Executive Vice-President for Strategy, Innovation and Solutions, Altran says ‘We are delighted to further develop our relationship with 2getthere: Altran is proud to provide 2getthere with critical technologies and expertise in the field of e-mobility, vehicle design and prototyping, enabling 2getthere in bringing automated and zero emission transit technology to the roads.’
GRT autonomous shuttle key facts:
– Vehicle capacity of 24 people, 8 seats and 16 standees
– Fully autonomous: no obligatory safety steward
– E-mobility: zero emission, fast automated charging
– Operating speed up to 60Km/h
– Capable of operating in mixed traffic
– Bi-directional use and with doors on each side
Altran ranks as the undisputed global leader in Engineering and R&D services (ER&D), following its acquisition of Aricent. The company offers clients an unmatched value proposition to address their transformation and innovation needs. Altran works alongside its clients, from initial concept through industrialization, to invent the products and services of tomorrow. For over 30 years, the company has provided expertise in aerospace, automotive, defense, energy, finance, life sciences, railway and telecommunications. The Aricent acquisition extends this leadership to semiconductors, digital experience and design innovation. Combined, Altran and Aricent generated revenues of €2.9 billion in 2017, with some 45,000 employees in more than 30 countries.