On January 25, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Àrea Metropolitana de Barcelona (AMB) and Servei Català de Trànsit (SCT) had a first meeting to discuss the details of a potential new mobility service with autonomous vehicles on the university campus. During the meeting, issues such as the itinerary, frequency, users and technical specifications of the vehicle itself, were discussed. If implemented, the trial could be one of the pilots conducted in the GALILEO FOR MOBILITY framework.
All three organisations showed great interest in testing the possibilities of an autonomous vehicle operating on the open road, since it would be a first of its kind in Catalunya. Creafutur, in charge of the implementation and development of the pilot test, and Pildo, responsible for technical developments, also participated in the discussion.
The meeting followed a previous one where UAB and AMB discussed the feasibility of running a test with an autonomous vehicle on the campus, given the orography and the prevalence of cars and buses on the roads.
Potentially, the service would connect faculties with the rectorate, therefore providing an alternative to private cars for internal mobility. It has yet to be decided whether the service will be available for students or only faculty members, whether it will be on demand or will run under a fixed schedule, and for how long the pilot test will last.