Bestmile, a mobility platform that enables service providers to manage, operate and optimise autonomous vehicle fleets, announced that the company was selected as part of a team that will oversee the European Union’s AVENUE project to test autonomous vehicle use with public transit agencies in multiple European cities.
The €22 million four-year project, called Autonomous Vehicles to Evolve to a New Urban Experience (AVENUE) will be led by the University of Geneva and features 16 partners including academic institutions, public transport operators, autonomous vehicle manufacturers, major technology R&D companies and specialised start-ups.
Bestmile’s Mobility Services Platform will be used to manage fleet services, enabling operators to plan routes and stops for fixed-routes and to match vehicles with travelers for on-demand services.
“Our mobility services experience managing autonomous fleets will be very useful in Geneva,” said Anne Mellano, co-founder of the company and head of operations.
“This project will go further to show how new mobility services can work with existing transit systems, helping operators to make transportation more efficient and sustainable, while growing ridership and improving the quality of life in metropolitan areas.”
While much of the new mobility services world is focused on autonomous vehicles, Bestmile has concentrated on building a services infrastructure that enables fleets of vehicles to work together to streamline transit, working with public transit agencies to expand services into new areas and to remove first-mile/last-mile obstacles to public transit utilisation.
The project will roll out in three phases beginning in underserved areas of suburban Geneva and will provide connectivity with public transit. Other cities that will be part of the project include Copenhagen, Lyon, Luxembourg, and three other cities to be named.
The AVENUE project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and innovation program. More information about the project can be found at Horizon 2020.