Transdev Moves into a New Era
of Shared Mobility
Transdev is working to make self-driving shuttles — once a science-fiction fantasy — a transit reality.
The development of expertise in Autonomous Vehicles is a natural evolution for Transdev: combining rapidly emerging technology with our proven history of operating safe, multi-modal public transportation across the world. Transdev is bringing AV technology and expertise to help clients and cities manage a total mobility eco-system: Using the right mix of transportation to suit everyone needs.
“Driverless shuttles can fill multiple gaps that exist in current transport networks,” said our CEO, Mark Joseph. “They can create a new low-cost solution that opens zero-emission mobility options never considered before.”
Now, Transdev is introducing political leaders, transit authorities and the general public to the convenience, safety and sustainability this innovative mobility option can bring to communities. Transdev recently served as the premiere sponsor of an Autonomous Vehicle Road Trip. The first phase of the Road trip toured five cities across the U.S. and aimed to give people—some reticent of self-driving vehicles—the opportunity to experience the budding technology with on-board rides and to understand the benefits it can bring to previously underserved areas of a transit network’s footprint. Additional cities will be added to the Road Trip in Spring 2017.
On the Road Trip, clients, industry colleagues and other guests witnessed the self-driving shuttles and learned the suite of possibilities that autonomous vehicles could open in transit. Self-driving shuttles are ideally suited for shorter trips (two to four miles) and can be available 24 hours a day, on demand. This makes them ideal candidates to solve first/last mile dilemmas (to and from transit hubs), and plug openings in existing transit networks within planned communities, historic districts, corporate/medical/university campuses, office parks, shopping centers, convention centers and more.
Road Trip attendees from around the country gave the vehicles and technology an enthusiastic reception in Sarasota, Fla., Atlanta, Arlington, Texas, New Orleans and Los Angeles. Strategic partnerships with AV-industry digital pioneers have bolstered Transdev’s early entry into the new mobility sector. City leaders are starting to embrace the idea that driverless solutions can expand the existing scope of traditional networks.
“We are excited to offer this new mobility solution to our customers,” said Dick Alexander, Executive Vice President of Business Development, Transdev North America. “Autonomous shuttles have great potential to become a genuine problem solver for cities, transit agencies, universities, airports and more.”
We are pleased to present the Road Trip organized by the Alliance for Transportation Innovation (ATI21). Additional sponsors of the road trip include AV manufacturer EasyMile, data-software developers Splunk and HDR consultants—that made the extensive tour a rousing success from coast to coast. More details about the road trip can be found at www.avroadtrip.com.
Transdev currently transports 4,000 passengers per day in two self-driving deployments in Europe, with deployments in the U.S. in active design and development. Deploying Autonomous Vehicles in North America is the next logical step as we seek to deliver new solutions for our clients to enhance their mobility ecosystems.