Autonomous vehicles start running on university campus in Rennes

11-16-2018
On 15 November 2018, the city of Rennes launched a trial of autonomous vehiclwes on the campus of Rennes 1 university, to be run by Keolis as part of the STAR public transport network. Supported by the expertise of Keolis, a pioneer in shared mobility, this service serves to strengthen the city’s innovation strategy.

Two autonomous shuttles for the STAR network

The trial of these autonomous vehicles started on 15 November 2018 on the Beaulieu campus of Rennes 1 university and is scheduled to continue until June 2019.
Two shuttles are being used to provide the service which is fully integrated into the STAR transport network of Rennes, operated by Keolis. A special line has therefore been created for the service: ‘line 100 Campus Beaulieu - Star La Navette’. The service is free to passengers and runs from Monday to Friday.

Line 100 runs along a 1.3km route and is intended as an intermodal mobility solution for the area around the university. It complements services provided by line C4 of the STAR bus network and the future metro line B (at Beaulieu-University station). The shuttle runs partly on open road with other modes of transport, and partly on a road reserved for soft modes, such as bicycles and walking.

The autonomous shuttles were manufactured by the French company NAVYA, a leader and specialist in the design and development of vehicles that are 100% autonomous, driverless and electric, and which has a partnership agreement with Keolis.  They operate without a driver, but with a STAR employee on-board to welcome passengers and who maintains contact with the control centre. Twelve male and female employees, all volunteers, were chosen to manage the service during the trial period. 

For the first time, autonomous vehicles will be fully integrated into a public transport network. We are very proud of this achievement. Rennes continues to prove itself as a region of innovation and research, for the benefit of everyday passengers and to help foresee the mobility solutions of tomorrow.

 

Emmanuel Couet, Chairman of Rennes Métropole

Keolis is proud to support the city of Rennes in its pro-active and innovative mobility strategy: the autonomous shuttle trial is an opportunity for the company to experience first-hand future developments to our roles and to the technology we use.

 

Laurent Senigout, Director of Keolis Rennes

Keolis: Supporting transport authorities with shared autonomous mobility solutions

Growing interest among cities for autonomous mobility solutions has meant a significant increase in the number of trials in recent years to demonstrate the viability of this innovation, which is capable of (re)defining the mobility of tomorrow.

Keolis, a pioneer in autonomous and shared mobility solutions, has already led other trials in partnership with NAVYA. Since the launch of the world’s first autonomous shuttle service in Lyon, France, in September 2016, Keolis has carried out more than 30 trials and demonstrations of autonomous vehicles which have travelled more than 45,000km and carried more than 115,000 passengers in France and internationally*. 

*France: Paris (La Défense and Roissypole with ADP), Lyon (Confluence) ; United Kingdom (London Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park) ; Canada (Candiac, Montreal) ; United States (Las Vegas, Atlanta) ;  Australia (La Trobe University - Melbourne, Flinders University - Adelaide) and in Belgium (Han-sur-Lesse and Waterloo).