10,000 self-driving electric shuttles in Hamburg by 2030? This is the goal of both the government-backed project
By 2030, there could be up to 10,000 self-driving shuttle buses on Hamburg’s roads. This is the goal of Agreement between the Federal Ministry of Transport and the Hanseatic City of Hamburg.
The city mobility solution will be created using A modern, on-demand transportation service complements the classic public bus and rail transportation system A new product that represents an attractive alternative to private cars, partners say.
The ALIKE project will test the system using Self-driving shuttles (SAE Level 4) that can be booked easily using an app and pick up passengers and take them to their destination. The system meets stringent safety requirements and is also intended to be scalable across regions, making it so Suitable for rural areas. The aim of the pilot project is also Testing the acceptance of autonomous driving services in practice.
Holon Engine and Volkswagen ID.Buzz AD They will be the first two vehicles to be tested.
The consortium brings together six partners in the project: the public transport operator Elevated railway As leader of the consortium; the On-demand service provider MOIA; Vehicle manufacturers Holon and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (The latter supports MOIA service); And also Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) As a research partner and Hamburg Transport and Mobility Change Authority (with mouth).
Autonomous mass transit is the missing piece of the puzzle between traditional public transportation and the individual mobility needs of citizens. With it, we are creating a completely new pillar of public transport, an attractive alternative to private cars, and a prerequisite for being able to operate Hamburg Tact and offer public transport to everyone in Hamburg within five minutes. As a result, future public transportation will be more convenient, sustainable and efficient.
Anges Tjarks, Senator from Hamburg for Transport and Mobility Affairs
€26 million in federal funding for the ALIKE project in Hamburg
The Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport is financing the project 26 million euros. the Federal Minister of Transport Dr. Volker Vissing The funding decision was presented to the project consortium in the presence of Hamburg Senator for Transport and Mobility Affairs Dr. Anges Tjarks.
The consortium partners will initially set up a comprehensive reservation and reservation system Using up to 20 autonomous vehicles On public transportation in Hamburg. Vehicles from different manufacturers will be integrated into an on-demand service To test it in action and make it digitally bookable for users via apps. The partners say the project results are expected to lay the foundation for future commercial deployment and expansion of mass transit services.
In the coming weeks, the main contents of the project will be determined on the basis of preliminary work by the consortium partners. The project is scheduled to last for three years and is divided into three main phases. The preparation phase includes detailed project planning and software development. In the integration phase, the vehicles will be linked to the operating software. In addition, permits will be obtained for the vehicles and the operating area, for example, in accordance with the new legislation on autonomous driving. the The autonomous mass transit service is scheduled to begin in 2025, where passengers will be able to take shuttle buses.
MOIA, a horse riding success story
Operations and riding program are provided by MOIA. It was the company Operating Europe’s largest fully electric ride-hailing service with drivers in Hamburg since 2019 He has extensive experience in creating and operating customized means of transportation. HOCHBAHN is the second largest public transport company in Germany and was responsible for the R&D project HEAT (Hamburg Autonomous Electric Transport) until 2020/21, where experience was gained for the first time in operating an autonomous shuttle bus in regular service in Hamburg.
ALIKE brings together very different project partners with their respective strengths. For the first time, transportation companies, ride-hailing providers, vehicle manufacturers, and experts from science and policy are working together to advance the topic of autonomous driving. The goal is a mobility solution that can be expanded and transferred to other cities and regions. There is no comparable model anywhere in the world for such a comprehensive system
Henrik Falk, CEO of HOCHBAHN:
First vehicles deployed: Benteler Holon and Volkswagen ID. fuss m
ALIKE will enter service with two models of fully electric self-driving buses. One of the shuttles comes from Benteler’s Holon company and was first introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in January of this year. the Holon engine It is one of the first cars to be designed to automotive standards and provides maximum safety and comfort for up to 15 passengers. It can be used without obstacles thanks to the automated ramp, secure wheelchair space and audio-visual assistance for passengers.
The second vehicle is Identification card. Buzz AD from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. It has successfully completed the first tests on public roads and will be Volkswagen’s first self-driving production car. Personal fulfillment. The Buzz AD provides the perfect size for operation in crowded areas – it is compact and maneuverable with optimal use of space.
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology participating in the project
Institute of Transport (ifV – Institute of Transport) in Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) He has proven experience in riding research and will provide scientific support.
The IfV program at KIT deals with all aspects of mobility, from comprehensive community planning concepts to technical developments in transportation. IfV uses an interdisciplinary concept to achieve the goal of regulating traffic efficiently and sustainably, researching the effects of new mobility systems on users, and ensuring system integrity. The BVM as another coalition partner provides political liaison and plays an essential role in the approval process. The ALIKE project plans to achieve and implement Level 4 SAE (Highly Automated Driving) automation.
The project will also research the social acceptance of autonomous driving on public transport and users’ mobility behaviour. Among other things, extensive information and surveys are planned for this purpose. The results will then be used in modeling to evaluate the impacts of the standalone service based on different scenarios. Another participating partner is DRM Datenraum Mobilität GmbH. The company will help the consortium identify the appropriate use case for the European Mobility Data Space to enhance data exchange.
Autonomous driving in Hamburg’s future
Volker Wessing“I want people to keep doing this,” the Federal Minister for Digital and Transport commented Freedom of choice when it comes to mobility in the future. Traffic in Germany will increase, and this is the most important reason We need new, smart forms of mobility that help us use our infrastructure efficiently. Autonomous driving could be key to easing road congestion in major cities while ensuring mobility right to the front door. The on-demand self-driving shuttle comes exactly when I need it and takes me directly to my destination. The fully digital reservation system makes it easy to book, combine flights and save on travel and costs. I am glad that we have found in Hamburg a courageous and open to innovation partner for establishing autonomous driving in Germany. I am convinced that this good idea will be accepted by the people of Hamburg, and will find many imitators.”
Anges TjarksSenator from Hamburg for Transport and Mobility: “With this broad alliance for autonomous driving, we are implementing another point of joint agreement with the federal government, with which we want to develop Hamburg into a model of mobility. Autonomous mass transit is the missing piece of the puzzle between traditional public transportation and the individual mobility needs of citizens. With it, we are creating a completely new pillar of public transport, an attractive alternative to private cars, and a prerequisite for being able to operate Hamburg Tact and offer public transport to everyone in Hamburg within five minutes. As a result, future public transportation will be more convenient, sustainable and efficient. In line with the highly successful Deutschland Ticket, autonomous vehicles will help us develop a similar Germany-wide offer in the future. I would like to thank Federal Minister Vissing for his support in developing and shaping the All-German Future Movement in the Hamburg region.
Henrik FalkCEO of HOCHBAHN: “ALIKE brings together very different project partners with their respective strengths. For the first time, transportation companies, ride-hailing providers, vehicle manufacturers, and experts from science and policy are working together to advance the topic of autonomous driving. The goal is a mobility solution that can be expanded and transferred to other cities and regions. There is no comparable model anywhere in the world for such a comprehensive system.
Sasha MayerCEO MOIA: “In the ALIKE project, MOIA seamlessly integrates an autonomous fleet with two operators and different vehicles into a ride-hailing offer. It is precisely this collaboration between public and private companies that makes the project unique. MOIA’s ride-hailing system is the cornerstone of The project that brings the components of service providers together in an attractive offer. In the future, people in Hamburg will be able to request autonomous mobility via both MOIA and hvv Switch applications. With this project, we are putting into practice our strategic goal of creating an open mobility platform for shared autonomous transportation .
Henning von WatzdorfCEO Holon: “All ALIKE members are united by one goal: to transform mobility. With HOLON Mover, we are providing an important building block for this purpose. The vehicle will make mobility safer, more sustainable and more inclusive. It is not designed for drivers but designed exclusively for passengers. In this way, we are innovating A completely new mobility experience – and we’re starting here in Hamburg.”
Christian SingerMember of the Board of Management for Autonomous Driving Development at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles: “By producing autonomous, fully electric shuttle buses, we are making a decisive contribution to the ALIKE project. Volkswagen ID. Buzz AD presents a large-scale, autonomous driving system technology from Mobileye, And an ideal size for use in major cities such as Hamburg. Our cars use cameras, radars and lidars, as well as high-performance computers. On this basis, 360-degree environmental recognition superior to human perception is created in order to receive safe driving commands. It has already been Successfully testing the vehicles under real conditions in Munich and Austin. Now we bring the Buzz AD identity to Hamburg. We are delighted to have Federal Minister of Transport Dr. Volker Vissing as our first guest on a self-driving ride in Hamburg today.