|Wageningen Ede pods|
|From 2015 to 2016||In Progress|
The province of Gelderland in the Netherlands, is realising a pilot with two selfdriving vehicles (with no steering wheel nor pedals) in the FoodValley region between Ede/Wageningen railway station and Wageningen University & Research centre (WUR) and on the WUR campus. The so called WEpods vehicles have a hospitality function for (foreign) guests of the WUR. With this pilot the province of Gelderland substantiates its ambitions for new, flexible, sustainable and social mobility.
WEpods are driverless vehicles that do not have a steering wheel or pedals. They are fully automated and are electrically powered. Main features:
- 6-person cabin, automated door and platform lift for wheelchairs
- Height 275 cm, width 199 cm, length 393 cm, wall-to-wall turning circle 9 m
- Maximum speed 40 km/h (in the test phase the WEpod drives at 25 km/h)
- Electrically powered with a range of approximately 100 km
The WEpods will go on public roads between other traffic, a control will monitor the vehicle to check for the safety, and initially a steward will guide the vehicle. At first, the vehicles will run a fixed route, but the system is designed to expand o more routes.
Two EZ-10 vehicles will be delivered in the Netherlands in July 2015. In November 2015 we will start testing on the route and from May till July 2016 the first demonstrations will take place. This is a world first; the province of Gelderland will be the first organization to demonstrate selfdriving vehicles on public roads. The demonstration will be completed with a plan for the operation of the system.
The WEpods consortium consists of the following project partners: TU Delft (contractpartner) Spring Innovation Management (projectleader), Robot Care Systems (system integration), TNO (High Level control), Mapscape (HD map for automated driving) and Connekt (Communication and PR).
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