Delphi Teams with Transdev to Bring On-Demand Shuttle Service to Europe

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【Summary】Delphi and Transdev, a Paris-based public transport service company that’s controlled by the French government, have partnered to bring a driverless on-demand shuttle service to Europe.

Original Vineeth Joel Patel    Jun 18, 2017 8:15 AM PT
Delphi Teams with Transdev to Bring On-Demand Shuttle Service to Europe

Few technology companies have made a name for themselves in the booming autonomous segment like Delphi. The UK-based automotive parts manufacturing company is attempting to cover all of the bases when it comes to the future of the automotive industry, including autonomous vehicles, electric cars, and even data collecting. 

Last year, Mobileye and Delphi announced a partnership with the goal of releasing an autonomous concept by 2019. One would expect Delphi to have its hands full with the collaboration, but the company then entered into three new partnerships to become a leader in data collection. Delphi also has the electric vehicle segment covered, as the company recently announced that it would concentrate on EV powertrains

As if all of that wasn't enough, Delphi also teamed with BMW, Intel, and Mobileye to develop an autonomous vehicle. Obviously, Delphi wants to be at the head of the pack when it comes to a driverless future and has just taken another step towards the goal. 

Forget About Cars, It's All About Shuttles

Delphi announced that it has entered into a partnership with Transdev, a Paris-based company that provides mobility services. The collaboration between the two will see the companies develop a fully automated, mobility-on-demand (AMoD) transport system in Europe. According to the press release, the transport system "will utilize Transdev Universal Routing Engine (URE) and Delphi's previously announced automated driving platform – the Centralized Sensing, Localization and Planning (CSLP) platform." 

As the press release states, Transdev and Delphi will start testing in Paris-Saclay and Rouen France with a pilot program. 

"With Delphi's expertise in driverless technology, we will accelerate our capabilities to develop a global autonomous transportation system, from client interface to vehicle intelligence," said Yann Leriche, chief performance officer and lead of the B2C business line at Transdev group. 

The collaboration between the two has a lot of potential, as both companies bring a lot to the table. The automated driving platform that the transport system will use is based on a system that Delphi is creating with Mobileye. And Transdev is a large global leader in mobility with 83,000 employees and operates 40,000 vehicles across 19 countries. 

First Paris, Then The World

The first test of the partnership will see both companies launch a "first mile, last-mile on-demand solution" that will connect a railway station and a campus. As Tech Crunch points out, the pilot program, which will be launched by the end of 2017, will see two cars and on shuttle autonomously providing rides to individuals. 

"This latest announcement will help accelerate the development of commercially viable automated vehicle solutions," said Glen De Vos, Delphi senior vice president and chief technology officer. "With Transdev's deep understanding of mobility operations, this collaboration will further strengthen our AMoD and data management capabilities…" 

If the pilot program goes well, the plan is to expand it to other parts of the world and the technology that goes into the program could eventually expand to cars. 

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