Project name:                    IAT.

Project description:    

Within the context of the Interreg V programme, the Interregional Automated Transport project (in short I-AT) has been submitted by the province of Gelderland. The main content of the “I-AT” project is the cooperation of the SME (Small and Medium Enterprises) with research institutes, major companies and government agencies from the Dutch-German border region in a project consortium, to further promote the knowledge transfer and product innovations in the Dutch-German border region and in so doing stimulate the regional economy. Along with a permanent project partner structure this consortium also offers room for other SME companies to participate in and benefit from this Euroregional network. This specifically concerns the (further) development of technical innovations and solutions in the area of automation processes, ICT, artificial intelligence, measuring and sensor technology for the automotive and logistic sector with a view to the further expansion of the consortium’s know-how and technological competence with regard to autonomous driving, for which the development of prototypes and the execution of test series in the region are crucial. The tests with technology for automatic driving takes place, for example, at the Weeze airport (between P2 and the arrival/departure hall), across the border (e.g. Aachen-Vaals or Enschede-Gronau) in a transport corridor. The technology of the automatic shuttle vehicles (WePods) is available for continued development. To make this possible attention for (the differences in) legislation and open knowledge development is an important precondition.

The WePods will be used in WorkPackage (WP) 3, and the innovative software for automatic driving will be further developed, for two practical situations: the Food Valley route and the Weeze Airport Shuttle. The Food Valley route runs from the station in Ede to the campus in Wageningen. The WePod rides automatically and independently between the traffic on the public highway and transports, for example, visitors from the station to the campus. The software will be further developed so that the vehicle can continue to operate independently and comfortably under more difficult circumstances (weather and traffic). If legislation permits then this will also be without an attendant. Apart from passenger transport the possibility to also transport goods such as foodstuffs/meals (last fresh mile) and or packages/post is being investigated. To this end, we cooperate with knowledge partners in WP5. The routes are not only a technical living laboratory, but also have an impact on the perception of other road users, local residents, ethical dilemmas and liability claims.