Last week, the two self-driving shuttles (made by Navya), that will be the protagonists of Italy's first self-driving public transport experiment on a normal city line route and with passengers on board, were presented in Turin.
Present at the event were Turin City Council's Councillor for Transport and Digital and Ecological Transition Chiara Foglietta, representatives from GTT, LINKS Foundation and all the many partners in this innovative pilot project called auTOnomo GTT.
The trial is part of the European project SHOW (SHared automation Operating models for Worldwide adoption) focused on urban adoption of shared, connected, electrified and autonomous vehicles with demos in 20 European cities. Turin is the only Italian city in the project, and last week's event is a very important step in local experimentation.
The City of Turin, in addition to providing "clearance" for the self-driving fleet to circulate in the city, helped define the most feasible and safe circuit of experimentation for citizens.
It has also promoted integration with the activities of the House of Emerging Technologies in Turin - CTE NEXT, a project co-funded by the Ministry of Economic Development, by providing the 5G assets and infrastructure to field test the best performance induced by this type of connectivity, as well as promoting additional integrative PoCs with project partners.
The experimentation of the Show project shuttles will formally start on July 26 with the final technical fulfilments on the vehicles and the first tests. From October 25, transportation with the public will begin.
The vehicles will circulate on the experimental route of about 2 km in the area of city hospitals. The Turin pilot project, coordinated and managed by two Turin City Lab partners, LINKS Foundation and GTT, offers flexible on-demand public transportation (the route is predefined but not fixed, just as the timetables are not fixed) on self-driving vehicles.
The service will be carried out with two driverless shuttles capable of moving in normal urban traffic and detecting obstacles, whether cars, bicycles or pedestrians, quickly and reliably in real time. Each vehicle, which is also accessible to people with disabilities, accommodates up to 14 passengers.
The service, in this experimental phase, will be free of charge and usable after booking through the auTOnomo GTT app, available for Android and iOS devices.