The pilot region for autonomous transport
The provinces of Groningen, Fryslân, and Drenthe regard self-driving buses as a way of maintaining and improving the accessibility and quality of life in the Northern Netherlands. It concerns transport on the road, by rail, on the water, and by air. The provinces work together with the aim of becoming the pilot region for autonomous transport.

The pilot region for autonomous transport

The provinces of Groningen, Fryslân, and Drenthe regard self-driving buses as a way of maintaining and improving the accessibility and quality of life in shrinkage regions. The provinces work together with the aim of becoming the pilot region for autonomous transport. They call on transport providers, manufacturers and knowledge institutes to come up with affordable, smart, flexible and sustainable concepts regarding autonomous transport. This may concern transport on the road, by rail, on the water, and by air.

Space and support

The three provinces offer space and support to transport providers, manufacturers and knowledge institutes in trying to find solutions for certain issues. It may concern, for example, door-to-door transport (‘last mile’), healthcare, tourism/leisure, improved mobility of the disabled persons, the elderly, children or, indeed, rush-hour connection with trains, delivery of packages by drones, or piloting ships into ports. In addition, ways are explored to strengthen the economic structure in the North and boost its industries.

Why opt for the Northern Netherlands?

Groningen, Drenthe and Fryslân together form a ‘living lab’ of over 11,000 km2 with a population of nearly 2 million, which is as many as, for example, Amsterdam, The Hague and Utrecht together. The three provinces offer the space and opportunities for specific pilots. In this, they are prepared to take a flexible position and thus facilitate innovative projects. The North offers a peaceful and safe environment for the development and testing of concepts in both urban and rural areas. Subsequently, the concepts can also be applied elsewhere in similar situations.

Interactive map: the projects

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