Driverless shuttle trials underway in Paris

RATP is testing two driverless shuttles in a dedicated lane on Charles de Gaulle bridge in the 12th arrondissement in Paris, working with the local transport authority STIF.

The trials run until 7 April with two EZ10 shuttles providing a free service between Austerlitz and Gare de Lyon rail stations. 

Manufactured by French manufacturer Easymile, the EZ10 shuttles feature six seats for passengers and will operate seven days a week from 1400 until 2000 hours. The shuttles are 100 per cent electric and are re-charged overnight.

The trial aims to get passenger feedback about the new service, along with any suggestions to improve it. Information will be collected about performance, reliability, supervision and operating safety. Other experiments will be launched in 2017, including a trial between Château de Vincennes and the floral park in Vincennes forest and RATP Group is also planning an internal service at the Saclay site of the CEA.

RATP is developing a ‘smart garage’ concept in its Lagny bus depot in the 20th arrondissement in Paris. The aim is to optimise available space in bus depots located in densely built-up areas and save time by automatically parking buses.

“RATP aims to offer innovative and sustainable urban mobility solutions tailored to each region,” says RATP president and CEO Elisabeth Borne. “RATP wishes to be present throughout the travel sequence in order to encourage usage of public transport. The experiments with driverless vehicles is part of this programme.”

Valérie Pécresse, STIF president and president of the Ile-de-France region, adds: “Testing, integrating and then developing innovative technologies that offer a better service to the region’s inhabitants are at the heart of the transport revolution that I launched in Paris and throughout the region a year ago. The data to be collected from this demonstration, and also from at least three other permanent, driverless shuttle services to be launched in the region by STIF this year, will help build the world’s first Smart Region.”