Mobility services provider Transdev and automated driving technology company Delphi have announced a commercial partnership under which they will develop a global, fully automated, mobility-on-demand (AMoD) transport system.
The two companies will collaborate on the first EU driverless, on-demand mobility service to operate on open roads, running two pilot programmes in Paris-Saclay and in the French city of Rouen, Normandy.
Through the collaboration, the partners will share their knowledge of AMoD systems in order to develop fully autonomous vehicles, a driverless vehicle infrastructure system and cloud infrastructure to support a global, commercial AMoD system.
The partners said that the collaboration would allow them to test the entire AMoD system that Transdev began in Normandy earlier this year. They will also test the sensor architecture and intelligence required for driverless last-mile and door-to-door transport services, with the next phase of the programme set to include a commercial service.
In Paris-Saclay, Transdev and Delphi will work to develop a first mile, last-mile on-demand AMoD service linking the Paris-Saclay campus with a conventional railway station.
“With Delphi’s expertise in driverless technology, we will accelerate our capabilities to develop a global autonomous transportation system, from client interface to vehicle intelligence,” said Yann Leriche, chief performance officer and lead of the B2C business line at Transdev group.
“Our ambition is to offer the best 'PACE' mobility solutions to our clients: Personalized, Autonomous, Connected and Electric.
“Combining the strengths of our two companies, leaders in their field, will enable us to introduce innovative driverless services in our current and future operations, confirming the position of Transdev as a pioneer in integrating autonomous transport systems into global mobility networks.”
Glen De Vos, Delphi senior vice president and chief technology officer, said: “This latest announcement will help accelerate the development of commercially viable automated vehicle solutions.
“With Transdev’s deep understanding of mobility operations, this collaboration will further strengthen our AMoD and data management capabilities, while expanding our automated driving platform to include a variety of different vehicle types.
“As a result, we’re confident this collaboration brings us closer to providing all of our customers and partners with an affordable, reliable and scalable automated driving and mobility-on-demand platform.”