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Demo Shuttle Service

Demo Shuttle Service
Location
Austin, United States
Date
From to
Length
0.2 km
Project details

What

The project was a shuttle demo service at the University of Texas on Austin campus, in the parking lot outside Sid Richardson Hall. The shuttle served the public of the SXSW music festival. It ran on a closed circuit from 10:00 to 17:00 on both days of the festival.

Why

This demonstration explored automated vehicle technology and the challenges it presents. The information collected will be used to ameliorate Austin’s next large scale pilot with autonomous vehicles.

© RATP Dev. Demo Shuttle Service.

© RATP Dev. Demo Shuttle Service.

Regulatory Framework

Texas regulatory framework.

Results & Evaluation

© RATP Dev. Demo Shuttle Service.

Results & Evaluation

During these two days of demonstration, 300 passengers were transported over a total distance of 12km and at an average operational speed of 8km/h.

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7 words explained

platooning

Also known as flocking. A collection of (automated) vehicles that travel together, actively coordinated in formation. Platoons decrease the distances between vehicles using electronic, and possibly mechanical, coupling. Platooning allows many vehicles to accelerate or brake simultaneously.

urban setting

High density environment with an efficient high capacity public transport system with good capillarity and high frequencies.

suburban setting

Medium density environment with a good public transport system with radial connections to the city center, but lower capillarity and frequencies. This setting includes suburban cities.

small cities

Small, isolated city with an own public transport system and <100K inhabitants.

rural

Low-density environment, small cities and villages with poor public transport services mainly connecting the villages.

SAE level

The SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) levels define the level of vehicle autonomy, or in other words, how much human intervention is still needed for an automated vehicle to operate. Currently, five SAE levels have been defined: Level 0: Automated system issues warnings and may momentarily intervene but has no sustained vehicle control. Level 1 (hands on): Driver and automatic system share vehicle control. The driver must be ready to retake full control at any time. Level 2 (hands off): The automated system takes full control of the vehicle (accelerating, braking, and steering). The driver must monitor the driving and be prepared to intervene immediately at any time if the automated system fails to respond properly. Level 3 (eyes off): The automated system takes full control of the vehicle (accelerating, braking, and steering). The driver must monitor the driving and be prepared to intervene immediately at any time if the automated system fails to respond properly. Level 4 (mind off): As level 3, but no driver attention is ever required for safety, e.g. the driver may safely go to sleep or leave the driver's seat. Level 5 (steering wheel optional): No human intervention is required at all. An example would be a robotic taxi.

V2X

Vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication is the passing of information from a vehicle to any entity that may affect the vehicle, and vice versa.