Learning lessons from self-driving shuttle pilots

Zelfrijdende shuttles

The number of self-driving shuttle pilots in the Netherlands has increased significantly in recent years and it is expected that this growth will continue in the coming years. Many different learning experiences are gained in these pilots. Commissioned by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, we gathered all the lessons learned.

What did we do?

We gathered the lessons learned on self-driving shuttles in the Netherlands and transformed them into decision information from a government perspective. Knowledge issues as formulated by the Ministry served as the common thread in this research. By talking to the parties involved in the realisation of the pilots, the lessons learned were collected.

What did we learn?

The research provides insight into the most important lessons regarding all stakeholders involved, the functioning of the vehicles, policy and organisation, infrastructure and safety. In terms of stakeholders, the study examines which parties are involved and what role they play in the pilots.

Regarding the functioning of the vehicles, we looked at disengagement, the functioning of the vehicles in weather conditions and the adjustment of the vehicles during a pilot. In the area of policy and organisation, the research delves into the different approaches of the pilots, the often still shaky business cases, concessions and the stimulating and inhibiting conditions that play a role in the setting up and execution of a pilot. Finally, the infrastructural adaptations and the interaction with other road traffic are included.

Client: Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management
Year: 2020

Involved in this project: Martijn LegĂȘne | Arthur Scheltes