Ride2Autonomy is a EU-funded project that demonstrates autonomous shuttles’ integration into the transport system in ten EU cities:
Differdange (LU), Charleroi (BE), Aveiro (PT), Barcelona (ES), Inverness (UK), Trikala (GR), Tartu (EE), Reggio Emilia (IT), Tampere (FI), and Vianden (LU). The project analyses the system performance in view of safety and environmental impact, socio-economic potential of the services, as well as its multimodal integration with the transport network.
Ride2Autonomy helps to develop new mobility concepts for passengers leading to healthier, safer, more accessible, sustainable, cost-effective and demand-responsive transport.
Ride2Autonomy’s general objectives are to:
Therewith, this pilot project will promote the European Commission’s political priorities in the area of smart, connected, green mobility.
Furthermore, the project aims at harmonising research and innovation efforts around automated shuttle solutions by assembling the lessons learned not just from the project’s ten pilot sites from ten EU member states, but also from a number of further sites and national networks that have expressed their willingness to exchange their knowledge and lessons learned from demonstration projects and activities.
With a variety of approaches and local contexts in the ten pilot sites, the project will provide guidelines, implementation models and recommendations for other cities to replicate the experience.
To this end, Ride-to-Autonomy will involve the coordinators of three major shuttle demonstration projects: SHOW, FABULOS and ART-FORUM and their own demonstration sites, for the validation of key deliverables. This knowledge base, capitalising on much more than the ten project sites and supporting/follower organisations (shuttle suppliers, public transport operators, towns, and cities), will duly accelerate the implementation of innovative automated shuttle solutions and services across Europe, thereby exploiting the full benefits of such solutions as part of an integrated sustainable mobility system.
Ride2Autonomy main outputs are:
As Project Coordinator, Rupprecht Consult, leads the overall management and coordination of project activities and outputs, validating their correspondence to the objectives and guaranteeing the quality and relevance of Ride-to-Autonomy’s outputs. With support of LuxMobility (technical coordinator), Rupprecht will oversee the project’s financial and administrative management, monitor progress, coordinate project meetings and conference calls, and provide internal communication channels incl. a shared document and data exchange platform.
Moreover, Rupprecht Consult will lead the development and implementation of Ride2Autonomy’s pilot evaluation approach, with multiple instances of qualitative and quantitative assessment, and a participatory approach, to analyse the drivers and barriers faced in each pilot site, its safety, environmental, socio-economic impacts, as well as its integration with the multimodal transport network.
Rupprecht Consult will channel the lessons learned and scalable models into newly develop urban mobility policies and planning concepts and include these in the SUMP topic guide on CCAM planning (in which Rupprecht Consult serves as the main author). In addition, Rupprecht will extend and improve the EC’s SUMI (sustainable urban mobility indicators) set by integrating lessons learned and recommendations from Ride-to-Autonomy, e.g., on MaaS and CCAM indicators, as well as on recommendations on how to collect and share data.