CiTTi Magazine https://www.cittimagazine.co.uk Keeping you up to date with the latest transport and traffic innovation concepts and news Fri, 15 Nov 2019 15:37:34 +0100 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3 Hyundai’s new mobility venture to provide services in Los Angeles https://www.cittimagazine.co.uk/hyundais-new-mobility-venture-to-provide-services-in-los-angeles/ Fri, 15 Nov 2019 11:04:00 +0000 https://www.cittimagazine.co.uk/?p=3422 MoceanLab, Hyundai Motor Group’s new mobility venture, will provide autonomous ride-sharing, shuttling, multimodal transportation, and personal mobility in the city of Los Angeles. Hyundai has identified LA as the city to launch MoceanLab due to the opportunities posed by its large and diverse population, challenges with traffic congestion, and commitments to transportation innovation and sustainability. […]

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MoceanLab, Hyundai Motor Group’s new mobility venture, will provide autonomous ride-sharing, shuttling, multimodal transportation, and personal mobility in the city of Los Angeles.

Hyundai has identified LA as the city to launch MoceanLab due to the opportunities posed by its large and diverse population, challenges with traffic congestion, and commitments to transportation innovation and sustainability.

As such, the Korean automotive manufacturer plans to explore and integrate new mobility innovations – such as micromobility and multimodal transportation – to aid the growth of mobility services throughout LA.

Kyounglim Yun, executive vice president of Hyundai Motor Group, said: “More and more customers, including citizens of LA and tourists, will greatly benefit from MoceanLab as its service gradually covers a larger area of LA and diversify its mobility services. With such efforts, Hyundai Motor Group aims to lead the technology development for clean mobility.”

A Mocean Carshare pilot programme will be a part of the city of Los Angeles’ car-sharing permit pilot programme offered by the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) and Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA METRO).

Up to 20 Hyundai Ioniq plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles will be utilised for the pilot programme, which is set to start at the end of 2019.

According to Hyundai, the goal of the programme is to transition the fleet to fully electric vehicles with a gradual expansion of a combined 300 vehicles from Hyundai  and sister company Kia.

Furthermore, in anticipation of the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics, MoceanLab aims to alleviate traffic congestion around the city and increase convenience by connecting customers to mass transit options including autonomous ride-sharing, shuttling, multimodal transportation, and personal mobility.

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Brighton to get 200 EV chargepoints on lamp posts https://www.cittimagazine.co.uk/brighton-to-get-200-ev-chargepoints-on-lamp-posts/ Fri, 15 Nov 2019 10:43:20 +0000 https://www.cittimagazine.co.uk/?p=3386 More than 200 new EV chargepoints on lamp posts will be installed in Brighton and Hove over the next few months. Electric Blue, who has installed similar infrastructure in St Albans, Coventry and Cambridge, has been appointed by the council to install and maintain the chargepoints. The 207 new points will include 30 in areas […]

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More than 200 new EV chargepoints on lamp posts will be installed in Brighton and Hove over the next few months.

Electric Blue, who has installed similar infrastructure in St Albans, Coventry and Cambridge, has been appointed by the council to install and maintain the chargepoints.

The 207 new points will include 30 in areas with high parking demand, including areas where residents have no off-street parking available.

Most of the chargepoints will be installed on lamp posts and will provide a full charge for vehicles parked overnight. These will be installed by January 2020.

A mobile phone app showing the locations of all points in the city and whether they are in use, will be available to download.

Drivers will pay 28p per kilowatt-hour to charge their vehicles at the public points. The fees will go towards the operating and maintenance of the points. The council will receive 1p per kilowatt-hour in year one increasing to 4p per kilowatt-hour in year four.

The project is being funded with £300,000 from the Office of Low Emissions, and £100,000 from Electric Blue.

Electric Blue will also provide four rapid taxi charger hubs, after the council successfully bid for £468,000 of Office for Low Emissions Vehicles funding – equating to 75% of the total cost.

The remaining 25% (£117,000) will be covered by Electric Blue. The rapid charger hubs will include at least three charge points capable of charging taxis in less than 30 minutes.

Anne Pissaridou, chair of the environment, transport and sustainability committee, said: “Many drivers have told us that they would consider buying an electric vehicle, but have been deterred by the lack of street charging points.

“We hope that the introduction of these new lamp post chargers will make electric vehicles more attractive for motorists, and help us to continue our work to reduce pollution and improve air quality in the city.”

According to the Department for Transport’s UK-wide league table of EV chargepoint access, Brighton and Hove currently has 59 public chargepoints, which puts it in the top 20% of areas best served by public EV infrastructure.

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UK reaches public EV charge point milestone with 10,000 locations https://www.cittimagazine.co.uk/uk-reaches-public-ev-charge-point-milestone-with-10000-locations/ Thu, 14 Nov 2019 10:26:47 +0000 https://www.cittimagazine.co.uk/?p=3397 The UK now has public EV charge points at more than 10,000 locations, according to recent statistics from Zap-Map.  When looking at the profile of these 10,000 charging locations, the most common category is on-street sites, which includes both general on-street units in towns and cities and also residential units. These account for 30% of […]

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The UK now has public EV charge points at more than 10,000 locations, according to recent statistics from Zap-Map. 

When looking at the profile of these 10,000 charging locations, the most common category is on-street sites, which includes both general on-street units in towns and cities and also residential units. These account for 30% of the total.

Car parks – whether public, retail or park and ride – account for a further 25% of all charging locations across the UK.

Enabling charging when staying away from home, facilities are provided at more than 1,400 hotels and B&Bs across the UK.

Service stations account for just 4% of the total charging locations, however these are predominantly rapid chargers, required for long distance travel, with charging points available at all motorway service areas across the UK.

Overall there has been a 53% increase in charging locations since this time last year. Growth has been most significant in on-street EV charging, with 2,100 new locations representing a 232% increase.

Public car parks saw more than 300 new locations added in 12 months, and retail car parks were third with more than 230 sites. This has been driven by significant installations at supermarket chains including Tesco, Lidl and Morrisons.

Public transport infrastructure has also improved considerably compared to last year, with airports (57%), railway stations (45%), and bus stations (36%) showing the greatest growth rates after on-street locations.

Service stations showed a growth of 38%, a figure that is expected to increase further in 2020 as both BP Chargemaster and Shell Recharge ramp up installation plans.

With the 10,000 location milestone reached, there are now more than 16,000 devices available for UK EV drivers, and nearly 28,000 connectors installed.

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Europe’s first full-sized autonomous bus demoed at CAV Scotland https://www.cittimagazine.co.uk/europes-first-full-sized-autonomous-bus-demoed-at-cav-scotland/ Thu, 14 Nov 2019 10:18:57 +0000 https://www.cittimagazine.co.uk/?p=3413 Scotland got its first glimpse of Europe’s first full-sized autonomous bus at a major summit in Glasgow. The demonstration, which took place as part of the Connected and Autonomous Vehicles Summit (CAV Scotland), provided a first-hand view of some of the autonomous technology that will be used as part of the trial taking place across […]

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Scotland got its first glimpse of Europe’s first full-sized autonomous bus at a major summit in Glasgow.

The demonstration, which took place as part of the Connected and Autonomous Vehicles Summit (CAV Scotland), provided a first-hand view of some of the autonomous technology that will be used as part of the trial taking place across the Forth Road Bridge next year.

The Alexander Dennis Enviro200 bus demonstrated at CAV Scotland has already carried out extensive trials at Stagecoach’s depot in Manchester in the first part of the autonomous bus project.

Following this, Stagecoach, Alexander Dennis and Fusion Processing Ltd are now working with Transport Scotland, Bristol Robotics Laboratory and Napier University on Project CAVForth, which will see five autonomous buses operating between Ferrytoll Park and Ride in Fife and the Edinburgh Park Train and Tram interchange in 2020.

These buses, which are currently in development, will see additional autonomous technology installed that enables them to run on selected roads.

The buses – which will be operated by Stagecoach East Scotland – will provide a service capable of carrying up to 42 passengers the 14 miles across the bridge, with capacity for up to 10,000 passengers a week.

The buses will operate to Level 4 standard, which means that a driver will remain on board during any journey in line with UK regulations.

Martin Griffiths, chief executive of Stagecoach Group, said: “Stagecoach has always been at the forefront of innovation and we have a strong and successful track record in harnessing new technology to launch new products and break new ground. We’re therefore very pleased to be leading the way in Scotland’s first autonomous bus trial.

“Our industry, customers and employees can benefit hugely from autonomous technology as it can make services safer, more efficient and help to deliver better journeys.

“We’re also investing heavily in the skills and development of our people. Alongside new technology developments, our employees will continue to play a critical role in delivering sustainable mobility services that our customers trust and rely on.”

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Second on-demand bus trial begins in London borough https://www.cittimagazine.co.uk/second-on-demand-bus-trial-begins-in-london-borough/ Wed, 13 Nov 2019 15:43:48 +0000 https://www.cittimagazine.co.uk/?p=3374 Slide Ealing, an on-demand bus service provided by Transport for London (TfL), bus company RATP and German technology firm MOIA, has started picking up passengers in the west London borough. It will operate seven days a week, from 6am to 1am, and cover an area from Southall in the west to the North Circular, and […]

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Slide Ealing, an on-demand bus service provided by Transport for London (TfL), bus company RATP and German technology firm MOIA, has started picking up passengers in the west London borough.

It will operate seven days a week, from 6am to 1am, and cover an area from Southall in the west to the North Circular, and from the A40 down to Boston Manor in the south of Ealing.

The service will be available for the next 12 months as a research trial and will be socially inclusive, with Freedom Passes and the English National Concessionary pass accepted. Oyster cards will not be accepted.

Ealing has been chosen for the second research trial as there are relatively high numbers of private vehicles in the borough. Figures show that 40% of people living there use cars, whether private or hire, to get to work, and TfL believes an on-demand service could encourage people to switch to a more sustainable way of travelling.

The service will run using up to 10 new TGE MAN L4H3 Euro VI mini-buses. All vehicles are Euro 6 compliant and meet ULEZ standards.

Drivers will continue to receive the same terms and benefits as when driving a conventional London bus and the guarantee of a pay grade equivalent to their level of service and experience if they change operator.

The trial will also look to encourage Ealing residents to use public transport for the whole of their journey, linking locals with the proposed launch area’s 29 bus routes and 10 tube and rail stations.

The service does not follow a fixed route. It instead picks people up from flexible stops. Passengers can book a ride using the Slide Ealing app, or on the phone. Unaccompanied children under 13 cannot use the service.

According to TfL, once a ride has been secured, users will wait no longer than 10 minutes for a bus to arrive. Fares start at a flat rate of £3.50, with passengers able to benefit from weekly and monthly capping. Every tenth journey will be free. The new buses can also accommodate wheelchair users and are fully accessible.

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Oslo wants to become world’s first zero-emission port https://www.cittimagazine.co.uk/oslo-wants-to-become-the-worlds-first-zero-emission-port/ Wed, 13 Nov 2019 15:27:52 +0000 https://www.cittimagazine.co.uk/?p=3336 The Port of Oslo has announced plans to make an 85% reduction it its emission of carbon dioxide, sulphur oxide, nitrogen oxide, and particulate matter by 2030, ahead of achieving its ultimate aim of becoming the world’s first zero-emission port. The Norwegian port receives between 50 and 70 vessel calls a week and 12,500 containers […]

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The Port of Oslo has announced plans to make an 85% reduction it its emission of carbon dioxide, sulphur oxide, nitrogen oxide, and particulate matter by 2030, ahead of achieving its ultimate aim of becoming the world’s first zero-emission port.

The Norwegian port receives between 50 and 70 vessel calls a week and 12,500 containers a month, while ships and shore equipment help produce 55,000 tonnes of greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions per year.

Thus, the Port of Oslo has a 17-point climate action plan that includes refitting ferry boats, implementing a low-carbon contracting process, and installing shore power, which would allow boats to switch off their engines and plug into the grid when docked.

The effort is part of the city’s mandate to cut overall emissions by 95% by 2030.

“It’s very ambitious, but at the same time it’s what is necessary if we are going to reach the Paris Agreement,” said Heidi Neilson, head of environment for the Port of Oslo.

According to the International Maritime Organization, between 80-90% of the world’s trade by volume is transported by sea on high-sulphur fuel oil – equivalent to 94,000 vessels carrying 10 billion tonnes of crude, chemicals, corn, and cargo, at a cost of US$4tn a year and nearly 4% of global GHG emissions.

In Oslo, ferries operating from the port to Denmark and Germany are responsible for nearly 40% of its emissions output, while local ferries account for 12% and onshore handling and transport equipment accounts for 14%.

The Port of Oslo has a 17-point climate action plan that includes refitting ferry boats, implementing a low-carbon contracting process, and installing shore power

To help address local ferry emissions, the port has awarded a contract to operator Norled to electrify three of 10 existing passenger ships. When all three ferries are outfitted with batteries, Norled estimates the transit authority’s port emissions will decline by 70%.

Furthermore, in August, the port signed a contract with Norwegian NGO Bellona Foundation to help expedite its emissions reduction plan.

According to Bellona Foundation’s maritime senior advisor Christina Ianssen, shore power is one way of enabling maritime decarbonisation that can be implemented now.

“It would enable refitted ships to keep their lights, cooling systems, and other systems and equipment on by plugging in to the hydroelectric grid rather than running the engine,” said Ianssen.

“It would also power equipment such as cranes, which usually run on diesel.

“And even though shore power doesn’t solve all our problems, it helps push for a shift that is technically feasible today.”

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Uber develops technique to predict pedestrian behaviour https://www.cittimagazine.co.uk/uber-develops-technique-to-predict-pedestrian-behaviour/ Wed, 13 Nov 2019 14:37:03 +0000 https://www.cittimagazine.co.uk/?p=3376 Researchers at Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group, the University of Toronto and UC Berkeley have developed a new technique to predict pedestrian behaviour called discrete residual flow network (DRF-NET). According to the researchers, this neural network can make predictions about future pedestrian behaviour while capturing “the inherent uncertainty in forecasting long-range motion”. “Our learned network effectively […]

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Researchers at Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group, the University of Toronto and UC Berkeley have developed a new technique to predict pedestrian behaviour called discrete residual flow network (DRF-NET).

According to the researchers, this neural network can make predictions about future pedestrian behaviour while capturing “the inherent uncertainty in forecasting long-range motion”.

“Our learned network effectively captures multimodal posteriors over future human motion by predicting and updating and discretising distribution over spatial locations,” the researchers wrote in a paper detailing the technique.

In it, the researchers expressed beliefs about the future positions of pedestrians through categorical distributions that represent space. They then used these distributions to plan and optimise paths for self-driving vehicles, which take into account the expected positions of pedestrians.

Firstly, the DTF-NET network introduced in their paper converts images of road maps into a picture composed of discrete pixels. The behaviours of pedestrians are thus encoded into a bird’s-eye view rasterised image, which is aligned with a detailed semantic map.

Subsequently, the network extracts features that regarded as particularly useful for predicting the behaviour of pedestrians from the rasterised images. Finally, the researchers trained their model to predict the future behaviour of pedestrians on the road based on these features.

Overview of the Discrete Residual Flow Network. Credit: Jain et al.

The researchers trained and evaluated their neural network using a large-scale dataset previously compiled, which contains real world recordings with object annotations and online detection-based tracks, collected in several cities in North-America.

These recordings include pedestrian trajectories that were manually annotated by the researchers in a 360-degree, 120m-range (394ft) view using an on-vehicle lidar sensor.

In the evaluations carried out by the researchers, the DTF-NET technique reportedly performed well, outperforming several other baseline methods for predicting pedestrian behaviour.

This method could thus potentially help to enhance the performance of Uber’s self-driving vehicles, allowing them to anticipate the movements of pedestrians and plan their paths accordingly.

“The strong performance of DRF-NET’s discrete predictions is very promising for cost-based and constrained robotic planning,” the researchers wrote.

The pedestrian behaviours processed and predicted by the DTF-NET network include ‘pending jaywalk’, ‘ongoing jaywalk’ and ‘sidewalk traversal’, as well as crosswalk.

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SEAT car-sharing subsidiary to operate in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat https://www.cittimagazine.co.uk/seat-car-sharing-subsidiary-to-operate-in-lhospitalet-de-llobregat/ Tue, 12 Nov 2019 15:07:58 +0000 https://www.cittimagazine.co.uk/?p=3316 SEAT’s carsharing service Respiro is being rolled out in the Catalonian municipality of L’Hospitalet de Llobregat from 14 November, making it the second Spanish city to operate the platform after Madrid, which now has 15,000 users. L’Hospitalet mayor Núria Marín and SEAT’s head of urban mobility Lucas Casasnovas confirmed the agreement at the City Council. […]

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SEAT’s carsharing service Respiro is being rolled out in the Catalonian municipality of L’Hospitalet de Llobregat from 14 November, making it the second Spanish city to operate the platform after Madrid, which now has 15,000 users.

L’Hospitalet mayor Núria Marín and SEAT’s head of urban mobility Lucas Casasnovas confirmed the agreement at the City Council.

With the goal of reducing emissions and improving the city’s air quality, the 16 vehicles in the fleet will run on compressed natural gas and may be joined by the new Mii electric within the next few months.

Respiro vehicle service reserved parking will be street marked according to city bylaws as well as specific informative vertical signing.

Respiro is one of Spain’s pioneering car-sharing platforms, with 15,000 registered users in Madrid

Casasnovas said: “This launch in L’Hospitalet, one of the frontrunner cities on mobility issues, is a further step in our commitment to improving mobility in cities. We want to make eco-friendly solutions available to the public by hours or days, depending on their travel needs both inside and outside the city.”

SEAT purchased Respiro, which itself launched nine years ago, and entered the car-sharing sector in 2018. SEAT has also launched a corporate car-sharing service to meet the needs of businesses and provide them with cars on demand in city centres, at dealerships and places of work.

L’Hospitalet de Llobregat mayor and president of the Spanish network of Smart Cities, Núria Marín, added: “the implementation of Respiro in L’Hospitalet will enable us to counter the effects of climate change and air pollution, as promoting car-sharing is precisely one of the measures included in L’Hospitalet’s sustainable urban mobility plan.

“We continue to work towards achieving the sustainable development goals adopted by UNO by 2030.”

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UK highways to be ‘naked’ from 2027, claims Zenzic https://www.cittimagazine.co.uk/uk-highways-will-go-naked-by-2027/ Tue, 12 Nov 2019 12:30:02 +0000 https://www.cittimagazine.co.uk/?p=3283 Zenzic, an organisation aiming to accelerate the development of AVs in the UK by uniting industry, government and academia, has claimed that emerging connected and automated mobility (CAM) technologies will start to eliminate the need for road signage from 2027. Zenzic’s UK Connected and Automated Mobility Roadmap to 2030 reports that from as early as […]

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Zenzic, an organisation aiming to accelerate the development of AVs in the UK by uniting industry, government and academia, has claimed that emerging connected and automated mobility (CAM) technologies will start to eliminate the need for road signage from 2027.

Zenzic’s UK Connected and Automated Mobility Roadmap to 2030 reports that from as early as next year, new planning guidance and blueprints for CAM-ready cities, towns, highways and rural roads will look to accommodate CAM services for efficient operations.

This will see new highway schemes move away from so-called “high cost assets” (£10m per kilometre of smart motorway) in favour of digital infrastructure. In addition, the report states that improved vehicle connectivity will eventually eliminate the need for new road signage.

The decommissioning of signs and signals expected from 2027 will be the first visible indication that new road infrastructure has been deployed, followed by the widespread adoption of in-car signalling (using in-car technology to digitally display speed limits, highway exits, and traffic updates) in 2028.

“The job will not be complete by 2027, and of course there will be a significant number of vehicles which will still be digitally immature unless government intervenes and dictates – or assists in – retrofitting the appropriate kit,” said Daniel Ruiz, CEO of Zenzic.

The transition, development and widespread adoption of digital road infrastructure will be informed by new standards, following agreed models for the digitisation of sign assets, as well as the specification of new safety services.

UK highways will become “naked” by 2027 as physical signage is removed in favour of digital road infrastructure

In the next 10 years, this will include identifying common approaches to safety and design standards and in the next five years describe the mapping requirements for digital road infrastructure.

According to Zenzic, having the infrastructure in place to facilitate the development and testing of self-driving technologies and services will be key to gaining insights that inform such standards and regulations, service design, and technology requirements.

It also believes that mature testing procedures and standards need to be in place in order to develop the infrastructure that will enable ‘naked highways’.

However, initiatives at sites part of Testbed UK will need to begin by 2025 in order for the wider CAM industry and UK government to agree on the test and validation methods and safety standards.

Roberto Ponticelli, senior consultant for connected and autonomous vehicles at Horiba MIRA, said: “In order to achieve the concept of a ‘naked highway’ the industry will need to move from component-based testing towards system-based testing; a paradigm shift affecting every level of the value chain in the road transport industry.

“A collaborative, integrated and coordinated approach to system design, testing, verification and validation that is orchestrated around scenarios meaningful to road users, mobility and infrastructure providers, local authorities, certification bodies and insurers, is at the core of this new paradigm.

“It will enable us to realise the promises of these new technologies and successfully implement the ‘naked highways’ concept, with all its benefits on traffic management and optimisation, cost of infrastructure, and the associated societal benefits.”

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ViaVan and Shell launch electric mobility project in Amsterdam https://www.cittimagazine.co.uk/viavan-and-shell-launch-electric-mobility-project-in-amsterdam/ Tue, 12 Nov 2019 11:40:40 +0000 https://www.cittimagazine.co.uk/?p=3302 Public mobility provider ViaVan and Shell are launching an electric mobility project in Amsterdam to demonstrate the viability of deploying shared, electric vehicle fleets in urban environments. The programme will integrate ViaVan’s on-demand technology and operations, Shell Recharge technology, and charging station infrastructure into one system. Through this, ViaVan and Shell aim to demonstrate that […]

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Public mobility provider ViaVan and Shell are launching an electric mobility project in Amsterdam to demonstrate the viability of deploying shared, electric vehicle fleets in urban environments.

The programme will integrate ViaVan’s on-demand technology and operations, Shell Recharge technology, and charging station infrastructure into one system.

Through this, ViaVan and Shell aim to demonstrate that high-capacity electric fleets can improve performance when routing to available chargers is intelligently optimised.

ViaVan has developed technology that enables electric vehicles to operate efficiently as part of large-scale fleets delivering shared rides. Described as an ‘EV Operating System’, it includes an EV routing algorithm designed to maximise the range and battery utilisation of EVs.

In Amsterdam, the system will monitor the real-time battery status of all vehicles in the fleet, calculate upcoming charging tasks and intelligently route vehicles to a Shell charging station. Passengers can book an electric shared ride through an ‘eVia’ request on the ViaVan mobile app.

According to both companies, use of an ‘EV Operating System’ could hold significant potential for municipalities to gain further control of grid usage across the Dutch capital city, both through better planning and more efficient on-demand use of its charging assets.

Amsterdam was selected as the initial market for the project due in part to its commitment to achieving zero-emission transport by 2025. The city also serves as the home to both ViaVan’s first shared ride service in Europe and Shell’s Technology Centre in Amsterdam.

Chris Snyder, ViaVan CEO, said: “The successful integration of electric vehicles into fleets of on-demand shared shuttles is a complex operational challenge that requires smart EV technology.

“We are excited to partner with Shell to demonstrate that when technology interacts with infrastructure, we have the ability to bring innovative, congestion-reducing and sustainable solutions to cities that have the potential to evolve public transportation towards a greener, shared future.”

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