A driverless on-demand mobility service, believed to be the first of its kind in the EU, is in development following a collaboration between Transdev and Delphi Automotive.
The commercial partnership will see both companies combining expertise on pilot programmes in Paris-Saclay and Rouen (Normandy) France.
The system will utilise Transdev’s universal routing engine and Delphi’s automated driving platform, the Centralised Sensing, Planning and Localisation (CSLP).
Delphi and Transdev will share knowledge of Autonomous Mobility on Demand (AMoD) systems to develop fully autonomous vehicles, a Driverless Vehicle Infrastructure Solution (DVIS) and cloud infrastructure to support a commercial AMoD system that can operate globally.
Transdev’s chief performance officer and lead of the B2C business line, Yann Leriche, said: “With Delphi’s expertise in driverless technology, we will accelerate our capabilities to develop a global autonomous transportation system, from client interface to vehicle intelligence.
“Our ambition is to offer the best 'PACE' mobility solutions to our clients: Personalised, Autonomous, Connected and Electric. Combining the strengths of our two companies, leaders in their field, will enable us to introduce innovative driverless services in our current and future operations, confirming the position of Transdev as a pioneer in integrating autonomous transport systems into global mobility networks.”
Delphi’s senior vice president and chief technology officer, Glen De Vos (pictured), said: “This latest announcement will help accelerate the development of commercially viable automated vehicle solutions.
“With Transdev’s deep understanding of mobility operations, this collaboration will further strengthen our AMoD and data management capabilities, while expanding our automated driving platform to include a variety of different vehicle types. As a result, we’re confident this collaboration brings us closer to providing all of our customers and partners with an affordable, reliable and scalable automated driving and mobility-on-demand platform.”
Delphi will integrate its turnkey CSLP platform into Transdev’s mobility service vehicles and Transdev will integrate its Universal Routing Engine (URE) and remote control-command software.