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Public transport enables social inclusion by connecting people and supports a future with lower carbon emissions. But public transport is not enough to deter people from their private vehicles. It is therefore key for public transport authorities to enhance their vision of shared mobility with the advantages of technologies such as automated vehicles (AVs), by supporting autonomous technological development with the goal of serving citizens and communities.
The Shared Personalised Automated Connected vEhicles (SPACE) project’s goal was to investigate how to place public transport at the centre of the AV revolution and help build a combined transport ecosystem. The research project followed the belief that for automated vehicles to contribute to better mobility, they should be introduced in fleets of shared vehicles and integrated with public transport services, helping cities and regions to reach the goals they set for the future.
This Project Brief gives an overview of the methodology, findings, and key takeaways from the SPACE project. In addition, an Annex has been created displaying a roadmap visualising the elements and methodology that are needed to transition towards a future with shared AVs integrated into the public transport network.