Cities play a crucial role as engines of the economy, as places of connectivity, creativity and innovation. As one of the latest developments in mobility, the arrival of automated vehicles (AVs) represents a unique opportunity for a fundamental change in urban mobility that could result in healthier, more competitive and greener cities.
SPACE centres on the notion that this will only happen if AVs are used as shared vehicles that are integrated into an effective public transport network. By employing AVs as shared vehicles, such as shuttle buses or in car or ride-sharing schemes, AVs could drastically reduce car ownership, regain essential urban space, and result in better mobility for all.
The Shared Personalised Automated Connected vEhicles (SPACE) project aimed to place public transport at the centre of the automated vehicles revolution and help build a combined transport ecosystem.