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Living Lab Mobility

Living Lab Mobility
Location
Aachen, Germany
Date
Starting
Length
4 km
Project details

What

e.GO Mobile is putting into place its first autonomous vehicle pilot in the city of Aachen. During the first phase of the project, the shuttle will travel on a 4 km closed circuit and interact with mixed traffic on public streets and pedestrian crossings. The shuttle will be available on demand, follow a dynamic route and be wheelchair accessible. In later stages, the travel route will be expanded upon.

Why

The strategy of the project is to be the first area-restricted pilot in the city of Aachen with SAE level 4. It is also working towards integrating AV-specific and general mobility services through a stepwise expansion of a test area.
This initiative has three main objectives:

  • Developing local pilots and testbeds for services and ecosystem surrounding automated vehicles;
  • Cooperating with local partners, as part of the Living Lab Mobility Aachen initiative;
  • Integrating citizens and future customers early in the process.
© e.GO Mobile AG. Living Lab Mobility.

© e.GO Mobile AG. Living Lab Mobility.

Regulatory Framework

Special permissions are required and an exclusion of further traffic in the first stages is in place (as of 2019).

Associated Research

Some associated researches include APEROL, UrbanMove and Living Lab Mobility Aachen.

© e.GO Mobile AG. Living Lab Mobility - Route

© e.GO Mobile AG. Living Lab Mobility - Route

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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.