Transdev and Delphi to develop driverless on-demand mobility service


French company Transdev, a leading global provider of mobility services, has formed a commercial partnership with Delphi Automotive, UK-based leader in automated driving systems, to develop a global, fully-automated, mobility-on-demand (AMoD) transport system, which will be trialled in France.

The system will use Transdev’s Universal Routing Engine (URE) and Delphi’s Centralized Sensing, Localization and Planning (CSLP) automated driving platform, which the company is developing in partnership with Mobileye. The two companies will start collaborating on pilot programs in the Paris-Saclay R&D cluster and in the city of Rouen (Normandy), which will be the first European driverless, on-demand mobility service operating on open public roads.

Transdev initiated an autonomous on-demand mobility service program in Normandy earlier this year. The collaboration with Delphi will jointly test the entire system: dispatch, remote control-command and vehicles, and test the sensor architecture and intelligence for driverless last-mile and door-to-door transportation services, with the next phase including a commercial service. In Paris-Saclay, the partners will collaborate on the development of a first-mile, last-mile, on-demand system running between a conventional railway station and the research campus.

The partnership will develop fully autonomous vehicles, a driverless vehicle infrastructure solution (DVIS), and cloud infrastructure to support a commercial AMoD system that can operate globally. Delphi will integrate its turnkey CSLP platform into Transdev’s mobility service vehicles, including a centralized computer running Delphi’s Ottomatika vehicle control software, a comprehensive sensor suite, and all the required connectivity and data devices. Transdev will integrate its URE and remote control-command software, including intelligent infrastructure and additional software modules dedicated to public transport.

“This will help accelerate the development of commercially viable automated vehicle solutions,” noted Glen De Vos, Delphi’s chief technology officer. “With Transdev’s deep understanding of mobility operations, this collaboration will further strengthen our AMoD and data management capabilities, while expanding our automated driving platform to include a variety of different vehicle types. We’re confident this collaboration brings us closer to providing all of our customers and partners with an affordable, reliable and scalable automated driving and mobility-on-demand platform.”

Yann Leriche, chief performance officer at Transdev, said, “With Delphi’s expertise in driverless technology, we will accelerate our capabilities to develop a global autonomous transportation system, from client interface to vehicle intelligence. This will enable us to introduce innovative driverless services in our current and future operations, confirming our position as a pioneer in integrating autonomous transport systems into global mobility networks.”

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