Since the beginning of 2018 there have been a plethora of transport and technological developments across the EU, but also the wider world. For example, the Sydney metro in Australia has been the first city in the country to implement a fully automated metro system as a result of a 5.2 billion euro project. The system features 22 six-car trains that offer a service every 4 minutes during peak times.
The city of Oslo in Norway have begun researching and preparing for the implementation of autonomous vehicles. The plans are being fronted by local public transport authority Ruter, who have contracted the consulting firm COWI to develop a model for driverless transport. Future scenarios will be tested using PTV MaaS modelling software to answer integral questions about the nature and behaviour of variables in the city.
India have approved the implementation of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways and Transport for London. The MoU is expected to improve the public transport system in a number of ways, alongside promoting the use of high capacity buses, and encouraging an increase in digital transactions.
Similarly, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, in collaboration with HERE technologies, have signed a MoU on a long-term technology collaboration with the aim of mapping the city with high definition technology for the first time. This is towards the city’s agenda of having 25% of public transport services self-driving by 2030.
The Toronto subway expansion in Canada was awarded the ‘Substantial Performance’ certificate by the Transit Commission. The expansion cost some 267 million euros which also involved the construction of the Highway 407 station and the Northern tunnels. The Highway 407 station and adjoining bus terminal is intended to be a transit hub along the Northwest segment of the (TTC)’s Yonge-University line. The hub additionally features 18 smart docks for buses.
Finally, electric autonomous vehicles have been given the green light for use in Gatwick airport, England. The airport will be the first in the world to trial the vehicles, which are designed to move staff and resources across site. It is expected that their introduction will reduce the 300 vehicles which are estimated to be stationary nearly 90% of the time. Furthermore, this will reduce the size and inefficiency of the vehicle pool, reduce carbon emissions, and decrease running costs.