9 APRIL 2018
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Paris has joined Gatwick (BTN last week) in launching a trial of fully-electric driverless shuttles at Paris CDG Airport, the first in France and this time including passengers.
The two vehicles are based in the airport business area, Roissypôle.
Organised by Groupe ADP, the former Aéroports de Paris, they connect the suburban train station (RER) to the Environmental and Sustainable Development Resource Centre and Groupe ADP headquarters.
The shuttles are operated by Keolis, which has joined forces with French autonomous shuttle designer Navya to carry out the pilot project, which is scheduled to run until July.
According to International Airport Review, the itinerary of the shuttles has been designed to test how automated vehicles will behave on a high-traffic roadway as well in an extremely dense environment that includes pedestrians.
Groupe ADP says the initial trial represents an important milestone in its strategy to become a key player in the autonomous vehicle ecosystem.
The road infrastructure system uses traffic signals to communicate dynamically with the shuttles in order to optimise the crossing of the road in safety. Feedback from users (employees and passengers) is also one of the trial's determining factors.
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