Autonomous Transportation Lab (AT-Lab)


Eelde Airport




For the purpose of testing autonomous road transportation the robotTUNER company has developed a safe experimental environment based on a Renault Twizy. The Twizy is automatised (aka drive-by-wire) and connected to Green Dino driving simulation software, thus creating a so-called Digital Twin (a digital replica of an industrial process). The first field experiment with the AT-Lab was conducted in October 2020 at Groningen Airport Eelde. This test aimed to illustrate that is was possible to drive a remote controlled car at high speeds. Ultimately, the Twizy managed to reach a speed of 72 km/h, before it had to be slowed down due to the length of the test track. robotTUNER has been commissioned by @north to make the AT-Lab suitable for projects on public roads in compliance with the Exceptional Transport (Exemptions) Decree as well as the ‘Experimenteerwet’ (Dutch legislation on permit granting that regulates experimenting with self-driving cars, implemented by the Netherlands Vehicle Authority). A roadmap has been developed in which the Twizy will be driven on public roads without an operator in 2022, in 2023 with an 8-person bus and in 2024 with a 12-meter bus.

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Another project objective is linking up with knowledge institutes such as the University of Groningen and the Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen.

The project – launched in 2020 – is scheduled to end basically when certification and subsequent implementation of autonomous road transportation – for instance within PT concessions – becomes reality, thus allowing it to become fully embedded in our regular mobility system.