FlexBus

Call Reference: 
DT-ART-03-2019
Short description of project idea : 
Buses are often too big or too small. The idea is to make them modular in size through platooning of independant units with a single driver in the lead vehicle.
Transport
Main areas of expertise: 
We have 25 years of expertise in the development of automated electric vehicles (including platooning) and more than 20 years of experimentations in urban envirnments. We also have an expertise in urban planning and public transport.
Main objectives of the project and how will they be achieved: 
Title: 
FlexBus
Description: 
From earlier research developed at INRIA, we will design and build a new small size public transport vehicle (based on an existing electric chassis) incorporating high speed platooning and autonomous driving at low speed.
Challenges that may determine the impact of the project: 
Title: 
FlexBus
Description: 
We have to demonstrate the safety of the convoy at high speeds (up to 70km/h) and also the merging and splitting of the platoons.
Partners that have already expressed interest in the project and expected role: 
Title: 
FlexBus
Description: 
We already have cities, operators, vehicle designers who want to be involved in the project.
Profile of partners sought and expected role: 
Title: 
FlexBus
Description: 
We need software and hardware specialists in the certification of complex systems.
Previous, relevant EU project experience: 
Title: 
CityMobil2
Programme: 
FP7
Specific countries/regions/cities you are keen to collaborate with: 
Any
First Name: 
Michel
Last Name: 
Parent
Name of the organisation: 
AutoKAB
Short description of organisation: 
Spin-off from INRIA and from the CityMobil2 European project. We have world leaders in the develoment and experimentation of automated urban vehicles with 25 years of experience. We have the technology and the urban expertise.

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