Scheemda Ommelander Hospital electric driverless shuttle (Arriva)
Starting Monday, August 6 2018, an autonomous little Navya electric bus connects the entrance of the Ommelander Hospital with the closest regular bus stop at the Molenstraat in Scheemda, around 1.5 km away. The bus, with registration 10-00-ZZ (the ZZ series is used for special vehicles), is “operated” by Arriva. Though there is no driver, there is a “host” who can intervene when necessary and who helps the passengers. If successful the driverless bus will become a regular part of the public transport service. The Navya is presented as a “first and last mile transport solution”.
The bus was first tested, without passengers, at Zernike Campus in Groningen, starting in May 2018.
“It doesn’t have a steering wheel and nobody needs to push the gas pedal either. At the Zernike Campus an autonomous small bus is currently being tested.“The Province of Groningen commissioned this assignment”, Peter Rake of 5Groningen tells. “The small bus was built in France, yet equipped with camera technology provided by a company based in the small town of Bedum in the Province of Groningen. What we’re doing here at 5G is researching whether camera surveillance will add a little extra safety to the bus, thus allowing it to perform even better.
The small bus, which has the capacity of transporting 12 passengers is currently being tested in a confined area. “It isn’t permitted yet to drive this bus on public roads, so we are testing it now on a testing track around our own building. The next step will be to deploy the bus as a shuttle between the bus station and the entrance of the Ommelander Hospital in the town of Scheemda in the Province of Groningen. Eventually it is the intention to implement the bus for public transport purposes in order to preserve bus services in sparsely populated areas.” Source: Oog TV, published on https://www.autonoomvervoernoord.nl/en/on-the-road/autonomous-small-bus-tested-at-zernike-campus/
In January 2019 two electric Bringo vehicles were in use: one from the hospital entrance to the parking and one on the service to the bus stop where the automatic vehicle should be used.