A unique use case: Extending the Public Transport Network to the Historic Old Town
The City Monheim a, Rhein is leading the charge in smart mobility - since more than 100 years. The German town with a long tradition of innovation is only counting a population of just over 40,000 and originally started running autonomous shuttle buses to bring new life to its existing public transport network. The service free of charge quickly grew to a convenient means of transportation and tourist magnet.
“Monheim is an agent of change for driverless technology. It is cities like this that are showing the world how autonomous driving can benefit communities. The buses in Monheim suit their streets, are electric and so zero-emission, and offer a stress-free way for people to get around,” said Benedikt Sperling, EasyMile’s Managing Director DACH.
“It is also the first time a fleet of 5 autonomous vehicles has been deployed here which is a great step forward,” he added.
Being a first-of-its-kind, the transport provider BSM faced a complex series of processes for road approval. As a funded project supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, the project delivers insights & learnings that help facilitate the future use of autonomous vehicle solutions for public transport.
“We can only operate the line with minibuses. There are places on the route where a full-scale bus simply would be too large,"
- Michael Hamann, Operations Manager BSM
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Line “A 01” starts at the Monheim bus station. Via Baumberger Straße it reaches Kirchstraße and continues to the “Evangelische Kirche” stop. Here it turns into the old town, passes Monheim’s landmark, the “Schelmenturm”, and finally reaches the stop “Altstadt” on the banks of the Rhine in a loop ride. From there it continues through the old town and via Kirch- und Baumberger Straße back to the bus station.