Organising the cross-border mobility of tomorrow

Saarbrücken

12th April 2019

The mobility of the future must be safe, environmentally friendly and flexible. It must also be simple, cheap and accessible to all, in order to maintain and promote the development of the cross-border labour market. Automation and intelligent transport systems play a central role in this context. All possibilities for improving the flow of cross-border workers must be considered. An interesting proposal developed within the TERMINAL project aims to set up an automated electric shuttle bus between France and Germany.

More in the text in English and French.

Further reporting:
1st April  2019 – Saarbrücker Zeitung (in German – only for subscribers)

Opening of the trilateral test field for autonomous driving DFL

Schengen

3rd April 2019

High notables yesterday in Schengen.
Transport ministers from Germany, France, Luxembourg and Saarland met to officially open the cross-border test field for autonomous and connected driving in the border triangle. The first transnational test field is intended to serve industry and research alike to test application scenarios and new technologies across borders on all types of roads.
Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CDU) said at the starting signal for the trinational test field: “The mobility of the future begins now – and we are right in the middle of it”.
Anke Rehlinger, Saarland’s Minister of Transport, was also present and said: “Mobility only makes sense if it works across borders. On the test field we are testing groundbreaking steps on the way to smart mobility concepts”. She also expects a lot from the innovations in autonomous driving: “The results will help us to better align the conditions in cross-border public transport with the needs of the customers”.

Further press releases:
31st March 2019 – Saarbrücker Zeitung (in German – only for subscribers)

3rd April 2019 – welt.de (in German)

3rd April 2019 – Pfälzischer Merkur (in German)

3rd April 2019 – Saarbrücker Zeitung (in German – only for subscribers)

3rd April 2019 – SOL.de (in German)

9th April 2019 – htw saar blog entry (in German)

17th Summit Presidency of the Greater Region

Saarbrücken

25th March 2019

New opportunity for the TERMINAL project to introduce itself to the stakeholders of the Greater Region: At the launch event of the 17th Presidency at the summit of the Greater Region on March 25th 2019, TERMINAL was represented as an exhibitor at the “Market of Opportunities” in the Foyer of the Saarländischer Rundfunk.

Press release:
24th March 2019 – Saarländischer Rundfunk (in German)

Prof. Horst Wieker guest of “Wir im Saarland”

Saarbrücken

14 March 2019

The television magazine “Wir im Saarland” deals weekly with current affairs and background information from the Saarland. The topics range from politics to society and economy.
On March 14, 2019, Prof. Wieker, head of the Research Group for Transport Telematics (FGVT), sat on the couch with moderator Christine Alt and in an interview, he told how automated cars can be used in Germany in the future and predicted, among other things, a change in the German transport system.

Find the 5-minute television report here.

Automated shuttles in Luxembourg

Luxembourg – Pfaffenthal

12th March 2019

Since September 2018, two automated shuttle buses have been tested in the Pfaffenthal district of Luxembourg’s capital. Lex Bentner – Chef de Service – from the Autobus de la Ville de Luxembourg knows how the service is received, where exactly the bus runs and whether everything is running smoothly.

Link to the video and radio report about the “Major project Terminal – autonomous buses in Saarland from 2020” with Professor Horst Wieker

Further press releases:
25 February 2019 – Saarbrücker Zeitung (in German – only for subscribers)

20th September 2018 – L’essentiel (in German)

Kick-off to cross-border automated mobility – the Greater Region on the move

Saarbrücken

15th February 2019

Safe, environmentally conscious and flexible – these are the central demands on the mobility of the future. In the border region between Germany, France and Luxembourg, mobility in the work environment is an important factor. It must be simple, cheap and available to everyone. The automation and intelligent networking of road traffic plays a central role in this. In the TERMINAL project, 15 partners from science, mobility providers and public administration are working and researching on the establishment of automated, electric buses in cross-border commuter traffic. The project started in January 2019 and will run until December 2021. It has a volume of around 3 million Euros and is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) with approximately 1.8 million Euros from the “Interreg VA Greater Region” programme. The lead partner of the project is the Saarland University of Applied Sciences (htw saar).

Further reading – see blog entry of htw saar (in German):

Further press releases:
2nd December 2018 – Saarbrücker Zeitung (in German – only for subscribers)

16th October 2018 – Süddeutsche Zeitung (in German – only for subscribers)