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Documentation of previous research results on automated and autonomous driving in public transport and the derivation of research and development paths

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Geo-spatial type
STRIA Roadmaps
Connected and automated transport (CAT)
Transport mode
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Transport sectors
Passenger transport


Background & Policy context

In particular, in the context of research on local transport, numerous basic questions on gondola systems and demand-driven bus systems were discussed in the context of test operations. A transfer to today's autonomous system concepts, i. e. the combination of a driverless cable car in public transport with demand control, can provide input for concepts and research methods. In addition, findings from the trial runs are also helpful in deriving the right questions for further research. For example, in the course of the cable car tests, for economic reasons, large cabins were changed to large cabins or driving with "electronic drawbars" was coupled to a minimum length of a standard axle in wing concepts for reasons of economic efficiency. Operating modes without a fixed timetable and a route similar to the call buses provided insights into customer-friendly waiting times and acceptable detours. In addition, it is also possible to evaluate numerous recent tests abroad (PHILEAS, public transport shuttles) and recent studies such as MEGAFON, using preliminary results where appropriate.


On the one hand, current developments in this field do not require an independent infrastructure; on the other hand, it is also possible to match means of transport and mobility wishes via mobile Internet. Against the background of these innovations, the results of the investigations carried out at that time, including the methodological approaches, must be checked for transferability. The knowledge gained will be used to clarify the research questions associated with autonomous driving and to take account of current conditions. Based on this, complementary proposals for research and development paths or coordinated research modules should be derived.


Parent Programmes
Institution Type
Public institution
Institution Name
Federal Ministry for Transport and Digital Infrastructures BMVI
Type of funding
Public (national/regional/local)
Funding Source
Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure


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EU Contribution
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