At Eemshaven, self-driving minibuses from various suppliers are tested at a closed-off testing track. The tests include the use of object recognition and driving under varying weather conditions. By means of a simulator, new tests are prepared and different traffic situations can be simulated. This speeds up the development of the vehicles considerably so that fewer test-drives have to be done in practice. The vehicle supplied by EasyMile, the EZ10, is the first vehicle tested at Eemshaven in 2017. In 2018, the French company NAVYA will follow, and there will probably be one more vehicle from some a different supplier. Alongside this, tests with a new vehicle from EasyMile will continue, and we will explore the possibility of having a route for passengers that connects with the railway station at Eemshaven (to be opened in April 2018) and with the ferry service to Borkum.
BeMuP region Weststellingwerf
BeMup provides mobility by subscription and will start operation early 2019 in Weststellingwerf. BeMup users can request rides 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The wait time is 5 minutes in metropolitan areas and 10 minutes in rural areas. The first project is used to develop an optimal pre-emptive positioning of vehicles across …
The province of Drenthe is looking for pilots for autonomous transport between villages in the Veenkoloniën on the one hand, and the larger population centers such as Stadskanaal, Borger, Gieten and Emmen on the other. Self-driving vehicles to and from the public transport system can improve the quality of life and accessibility of the area.
Westerbork Remembrance Center (Herinneringscentrum Westerbork)
Westerbork Remembrance Center
The provincial authorities of Drenthe are exploring whether a self-driving vehicle can be used between the Westerbork Remembrance Center and the museum. This would be a sustainable alternative for the present shuttle bus.
Connection with a population centre in Fryslân
The province of Fryslân is looking for transport providers who would like to do a test with creating a connection between a population centre and the public transport system. The provincial authorities welcome ideas.
Groningen Airport Eelde
Groningen Airport Eelde
The provincial authorities of Drenthe are exploring whether a connection can be made using a self-driving vehicle between the airport terminal, parking facilities, the RLS1957, the business park, and the public transport hub at De Punt, which is being laid our near the A28 motorway.
In Bourtange, we are planning to transport visitors, school children, and possibly also packages from the parking lots outside the fortified town to the centre of the fortress, through to the parking lot on the other side. If possible, we will also drive on to the elementary school just outside the fortress.
Ommelander Hospital in Scheemda
At the new Ommelander Hospital in Scheemda, a self-driving vehicle is going to drive between the main entrance of the hospital and the nearest bus stop (approx. 1.5 km). The test will continue for at least six months. If the test is successful, the minibus is expected to play a permanent part in making the hospital accessible by public transport.
Loppersum and Zernike
In the autumn of 2017, a test was done in the village of Loppersum with the autonomous vehicle of EasyMile and 5G. In 2018, practical tests using remote control will follow.
At Eemshaven, self-driving mini-buses from various suppliers are tested at a closed-off testing track. The tests include the use of object recognition and driving under varying weather conditions.
- Still to do
- Work in progress