Continental and VGF test autonomous shuttle in Frankfurt University


From April 17 to April 19, 2018, students at Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences (Frankfurt UAS) will be testing a driverless shuttle service with the Continental CUbE. The shuttle service will drive to the buildings on campus, replacing the existing walking routes.

Continental is launching a three-day, autonomous trial on the Frankfurt UAS campus today. With the driverless CUbE (Continental Urban Mobility Experience) from Continental, students – accompanied by a trained test engineer – can conveniently travel across the campus without having to cover the distance between the buildings on foot. The aim of this trial is to collect practical experience in the operation of driverless vehicles as part of a collaboration between Continental as the technology developer, EasyMile as an intelligent mobility solution integrator and VGF as the potential future operator of such mobility systems.

During the trial, the requirements for driverless mobility and usage models are to be investigated jointly and in a realistic manner. The Frankfurt UAS campus provides the ideal conditions for this. What’s special about this project is that students, employees and visitors at Frankfurt UAS can use the CUbE as a shuttle as often as they want during the trial period. Passengers will then be asked to complete a short questionnaire about the journey.

To further expand Continental’s global expertise in driverless vehicles, work is being undertaken on local developments for such mobility systems in the U.S.A. and Japan. This means that more Continental CUbE vehicles will also be out and about in these countries in the future. Continental is working hard on the mobility of the future to achieve the long-term goal of Vision Zero – the vision of accident-free driving. To further advance the development of driverless mobility, Continental acquired a minority stake in French company EasyMile SAS in 2017. EasyMile is a leading producer of driverless technologies and intelligent mobility solutions.

Source: Continental