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:
Mon. - Sat.1:00 PM - 17:30 PM
Sun. 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Mon. - Sun. 12 AM - 4 AM
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.
Daily 7:00 – 23:00
City of Monheim
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.
Migros Aare, EWB, City of Bern
Bern's public transport operator "BERNMOBIL" and its partners Migros Aare, the City of Bern and EWB are 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 two years. A safety driver will always be on board during the entire pilot operation.
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. Through integration with the software solution AVOC, the dispatcher in BERNMOBIL's control centre can 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.