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Self-driving Route 12 temporarily not operated

  22.10.2019

Route 12 with its self-driving shuttle in Neuhausen am Rheinfall, Switzerland, can temporarily not be operated, as a smooth and safe operation cannot be guaranteed with the current vehicle. Together with the manufacturer, the Swiss Transit Lab is working at full speed to examine solutions and alternatives in order to resume the operation as quickly as possible.

The operation of Route 12, on which more than 30,000 passengers have travelled since its launch in March 2018, was interrupted in the course of September 2019. Due to hardware and software defects, it is currently not possible to operate the route.

The project "Route 12" and the already planned further project steps will be continued. Parallel to finding a solution with the manufacturer of the current vehicle, the Swiss Transit Lab representatives are also examining alternatives with other vehicles in order to be able to resume operation as soon as possible.

The companies involved in the Swiss Transit Lab are implementing innovative projects in the field of "Smart Mobility". Technologies for stops of the future are being tested on the fringes of the Route 12 project. Work has also begun on an intelligent elevator integrated into the public transport control system, for which the Swiss Transit Lab has received the "Smart City Innovation Award".

The use of automated vehicles is already being planned in another project in Schaffhausen: The "Route 13" project comprises the development of the "first and last mile" in the Schaffhausen public transport network. The "first mile" means that passengers are picked up at home and taken to an existing stop from where they continue their journey. The "last mile" is the distance from the last stop to home. Or to any other destination. With this project, the Swiss Transit Lab will further expand its pioneering role in future mobility.