UITP on the road to SPACE

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UITP was thrilled to launch its Shared Personalised Autonomous Connected vEhicles (SPACE) project during a kick-off meeting held Thursday, 22 March 2018 in Brussels, Belgium.

The project counts on 45 participants from 18 countries, all members of UITP, who will collaborate for the duration of the project period which will last between 18 to 24 months.

UITP’s SPACE project aims at placing public transport at the centre of the autonomous vehicles (AVs) revolution that is emerging everywhere in the world.

Led by UITP, this project will give members the right tools and knowledge to provide more efficient and better services.

In his welcome speech during the event, Mohamed Mezghani, UITP Secretary General, emphasised the importance for cities to “prepare for the transition, but also that policy makers don’t only look at autonomous vehicles from a technological or industry point of view, but also from a ‘mobility’ point of view’’.

Mr Mezghani added that AVs should not only be “about introducing a new technology, but about benefiting from the technology to change our approach to mobility and our behaviours”.

In order to achieve this, the SPACE project will assess the impacts of automated road transport systems, develop operational concepts and new business models and it will advocate for a harmonised framework to allow AVs safe operation in real mobility scenarios.

The SPACE project will be divided into four working groups covering Connected and Autonomous Mobility, Technical Reference Architecture, Observatory & Experience Monitoring and User Acceptance, Impact Assessment & Stakeholder Engagement.

The findings of the project will be released in the spring of 2019.

By taking the lead on such an important topic as autonomous vehicles, UITP is actively and concretely working to make the integration of autonomous vehicles in public transport a success.

"In a holistic view, it's the land use impact that determines the long-term value", said our keynote speaker at the kick-off meeting, Arnd Bätzner, Transit Strategist from Mobility CarSharing.

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