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As part of the Swiss Transit Lab, AMoTech carries out its own projects with self-driving vehicles. This is where our own first-hand experience is gathered, which in turn benefits customer projects. 

Opposite is a list of projects that AMoTech supports and advises (e.g. Monheim am Rhein, Bern, etc.). 

These projects are characterised by:

  • Self-driving vehicles on public roads
  • Operation by municipal transport operator
  • Integration into existing control system
  • Seamless passenger information

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Projects

Country Flag Switzerland Neuhausen at the Rhine Falls

Route 12

Country
Switzerland
City
Neuhausen on the Rhine Falls
Status
Operating since 27.03.2018
Operating hours

Summer timetable:
Mon. - Sat.1:00 PM - 17:30 PM
Sun. 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Winter timetable:
Mon. - Sun. 12 AM - 4 AM

Operator

Verkehrsbetriebe Schaffhausen

Participants

Swiss Transit Lab

Route length
2.0 km (Circulating)
Vehicle type
NAVYA (1 vehicle)
Neuhausen at the Rhine Falls: Route 12

Worldwide first integration of a self-driving vehicle into an existing control system

"Route 12" is the first project carried out in the Swiss Transit Lab. Route 12 connects the centre of Neuhausen with Schlössli Wörth at the Rhine Falls basin, thereby expanding the route network of the Verkehrsbetriebe Schaffhausen (VBSH). Tourists coming from Schaffhausen can change directly to Route 12 at the  "Neuhausen Zentrum" stop thanks to transfer protection  and in doing so get directly to the Rhine Falls basin. On the way back "Trapizio" – the name of Route 12's self-driving vehicle – takes tourists back to the centre of Neuhausen, where they can change to VBSH's larger buses or to the train. 

Both vehicle types, the conventional buses and the automated shuttle, use the same infrastructure. In the centre of Neuhausen, Trapizio uses the same stops as the larger VBSH buses. Passengers can see all information from the usual sources. For example, the time to departure of Trapizio can be seen on the digital passenger information at the stop. 
 
This is possible because Trapizio is integrated into the Trapeze control system of VBSH. All information about the VBSH bus fleet including Trapizio is displayed in the control centre. The dispatcher can also obtain information on all Trapizio data in the control centre. For example, it is possible to see the exact position of the self-driving shuttle on Route 12 or even view camera images. Additional functions will be added in the course of the project. 

Tobias Vonarburg, AMoTech GmbH, is the Technical Project Manager for Route 12. He acts as a link between supporting parties and VBSH as well as the vehicle manufacturer. 
 

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Country Flag Germany Monheim am Rhein

The self-driving bus service

Country
Germany
City
City of Monheim
Status
In preparation
Operating hours

Planned operation
Daily 7:00 – 23:00

Operator

Bahnen der Stadt Monheim

Participants

City of Monheim

Route length
2.0 km (round trip)
Vehicle type
EasyMile
Monheim am Rhein: The self-driving bus service

World's first operation of self-driving city buses with integration into an existing control system

In 2019, the public transport operator of the city of Monheim, Bahnen der Stadt Monheim (BSM), will be operating self-driving vehicles manufactured by EasyMile. This new route will open up the old town of Monheim and represents a genuine enhancement of the public transport offering. The self-driving vehicles of this old town route drive from the central bus station towards the Rhine, past restaurants and sights, and also connect the health campus and the nursing home and drive back to the bus station serving six stops. 

At the bus station, the old town route has a fixed stand next to the other bus routes, as part of a shared use of infrastructure. There are also journey continuation options from other routes arriving here. The buses will be visible on the dynamic passenger information signs and on the Internet.

Garages are located near the route, where the battery is charged, and cleaning and minor maintenance are carried out. 

The buses will also be displayed on the screens of the Monheim citizen information system, so that residents and visitors can find out about the timetable, as well as the route and the current location of the buses. In addition, the buses will be visible on the displays of the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr (VRR) and as transfers in other BSM buses.

Once a feasibility study had been carried out, AMoTech was commissioned with procurement of the vehicles (from drawing up the requirements specification to acceptance) as well as other project tasks to the use of the buses in test operation. AMoTech is also applying for the implementation of the integration of the automated vehicles into BSM's existing IVU control system. 

Integration enables the dispatcher in the control centre to simultaneously dispatch conventional and automated vehicles via the existing infrastructure. The control centre does not need to be upgraded with additional screens or workstations. The vehicles of the different vehicle types are displayed in just one route diagram. Details about the self-driving vehicles can be called up in the same way as a conventional vehicle. If the self-driving vehicle is delayed, the timetable deviations become visible in the control centre. Further information is also provided. For example, the dispatcher can query the current speed or the battery charge status at any time. 

Fleet monitoring is becoming more and more important as self-driving vehicles become more common. It is therefore important that all information currently processed by the driver is automatically displayed in the control centre. Further functions are being integrated in the course of the project. In addition to expanding integration, Monheim is already considering extending the route.

Alexander Schulze, AMoTech GmbH, is Project Manager for the procurement and deployment of the self-driving buses in the city of Monheim am Rhein.

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Country Flag Switzerland Bern

Pilot project on the River Aare

Country
Switzerland
City
Bern
Status
In preparation
Operator

BERNMOBIL

Participants

Migros Aare, EWB, City of Bern

Route length
2.0 km
Vehicle type
EasyMile (1 vehicle)
Bern: Pilot project on the River Aare

From spring 2019, Bern's public transport operator "BERNMOBIL" and its partners Migros Aare, the City of Bern and EWB will be operating a self-driving EasyMile vehicle between the Bärenpark and the funicular "Marzilibahn". The shuttle will serve six stops in the 30 km/h zone on the left bank of the Aare. The pilot operation is expected to last one year. A safety driver will always be on board during the entire pilot operation. 

Image by Bernmobil

AMoTech is supporting BERNMOBIL in vehicle acquisition management as well as in the preparation of the application and is integrating the automated vehicle into the existing control system. Integration enables the dispatcher in BERNMOBIL's control centre to simultaneously dispatch both conventional and automated vehicles via the existing infrastructure. The control centre does not need to be upgraded with additional screens or workstations.

The vehicles of both vehicle types, automated and conventional, are represented in the route diagram. Details about the self-driving vehicle can be called up in the same way as a conventional vehicle. If the self-driving vehicle is delayed, the timetable deviations become visible in the control centre. Further information is also available in a pop-up window. For example, the dispatcher can query the current speed or heading at any time. Or he can query the battery charge status and the status of the doors. The project in Bern will garner important experiences for public transport. In the future, the control centre will play an important role in all public transport. Fleet monitoring is becoming more and more important as self-driving vehicles become more common, and this will inevitably take place in the control centre. It is therefore important that all information currently processed by the driver is automatically displayed in the control centre. 

Image by Bernmobil

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Lending

The self-driving bus “Trapizio” discovers the world

AMoTech GmbH seeks to promote autonomous mobility and demonstrate the latest forms of mobility to residents. Therefore, our self-driving vehicle "Trapizio" has undertaken a few short trips, for example:

  • July 2017 in Berlin at Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe BVG
  • September 2017 in Dresden at a customer event hosted by the parent company Trapeze
  • September 2017 in Prague at the "Future Port Prague" event
  • February 2018 in Zurich at Verkehrsbetrieb Zurich VBZ for an employee training course
  • March 2018 in Karlsruhe at IT-TRANS, the major trade fair for intelligent solutions for urban public transport

Since the start of Route 12, Trapizio has been used in day-to-day operations in Neuhausen am Rheinfall. As such, no further trips are planned.


Timeline AMoTech

Timeline

27.03.2019

Happy Birthday, Route 12!

Route 12 is celebrating its first birthday

Project "Route 12"

20.12.2018

Trapizio carries over 20,000 passengers

Neuhausen am Rheinfall, Switzerland

16.11.2018

Field Report Project Monheim (D) and Neuhausen (CH) - From Concept to Integration into ITCS

Symposium Autonomous Driving in Public Transport, Hamburg (Germany)

13.11.2018

Project “Route 12” at the Rhine Falls: Self-driving vehicles in public transport

Automotive Summit 2018 in Donaueschigen, Germany

28.09.2018

Mobility of the Future - Building Blocks of the Mobility Turnaround

Bodman-Ludwigshafen, Germany

28.09.2018

Autonomous mobility - the bus of the future

At Regio Kreuzlingen in Tägerweilen, Switzerland

04.07.2018

Mobility of the Future - Route 12 of the Schaffhausen Transport Authority

At the Lions Club Insel Werd (Schaffhausen, Switzerland)

21.06.2018

Minister President Kretschmann (Baden-W├╝rttemberg) visits the Swiss Transit Lab

Neuhausen am Rheinfall, Switzerland

08.06.2018

Vision for the mobility of the future: Route 12 of the VBSH - autonomous e-mobility

At the Energy Agency Konstanz, Germany

07.06.2018

First visit of an international TV channel CNN

Neuhausen am Rheinfall, Switzerland

04.06.2018

Trapizio carries 5’000. Passenger

Neuhausen am Rheinfall, Switzerland

27.03.2018

Trapizio officially integrated into the scheduled service of the Schaffhausen Transport Authority (VBSH)

Neuhausen am Rheinfall, Switzerland

02.11.2017

Trapizio passes inspection for road approval

Schaffhausen, Switzerland