The Northern Netherlands are the perfect Dutch region for testing shuttles and other self-driving vehicles in rural areas. Precisely in this region steps can be quickly taken development-wise, while it also represents an area which can benefit most and thus has the greatest demand for autonomous transportation on the road. In order to accelerate this rural development, the region aims to point to as many interested parties as possible the opportunities in the Northern Netherlands as well as to have them jointly collaborate in their efforts. Thus allowing a faster trajectory towards upscaling and projects which are to become a structural part of the whole mobility system.
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In order to integrate autonomous transportation into our existing public transportation system a joint strategy has been outlined by the central government and regions in the Toekomstbeeld OV 2040 (Public Transport in 2040 – Outlines of a vision for the future). In this document autonomous shuttles are specifically highlighted as well as the significant potential of Northern Netherland’s rural areas in developing this vision. Within our projects, we are – among others – focussing on enhancing the speed and development of business cases.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The maximum speed of the EZ10, which is now being tested, is 40 kilometres per hour. However, for technical and safety reasons its speed during thee pilot phase is limited to 20 kilometres per hour.
A vehicle is able to transport a maximum of 12 people (6 seated and 6 standing).
As for now, it is still required by the Netherlands Vehicle Authority to have a steward on board. The steward can always press the emergency button as well as drive the vehicle manually if it’s necessary. This hardly ever happens, allowing the steward to act more as the vehicle’s host.
Yes, they certainly can. There’s enough space for wheelchairs in the tiny bus, which can be easily accessed by wheelchairs via a special.
Yes, they certainly can. The on-board can also lend a helping hand if necessary.
During the pilot phase the bus service is free, no matter how often you want to use it.
Most countries have their own national administrative bodies, authorized for conducting motor vehicle type approvals. In the Netherlands this is the RDW (the Netherlands Vehicle Authority). The RDW also registers the license plates of vehicles.