Bestmile has 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 €22M 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 specialized 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.
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 utilization.
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.