Practical test of the cross-border automated shuttle service launched!

July 12th 2021

The first cross-border commuters test the free automated shuttle service between Creutzwald and Überherrn.

The long-awaited start signal has been given and the automated shuttle service is up and running! “Professor Bousonville of the htw saar is delighted and very proud after two years of work on the TERMINAL project. His colleague, Professor Wieker, adds: “This is an important step for cross-border traffic.

After initially investigating the framework conditions for automated transport in the border region, testing the reactions of the vehicles on the route in a dry run phase and intensively training the accompanying drivers (provided by KVS GmbH), the time has come for practical testing: the cross-border automated electric shuttle service is to be tested under real traffic conditions during a three-month trial period,

Two TESLA Model Xs will be used to cover the long distance (17 km) between Creutzwald and the “Im Häsfeld” industrial estate in Überherrn-Altforweiler. The shuttle service offers registered commuters the unique opportunity to try out this innovative mobility concept free of charge. From Monday to Friday between July and September, the vehicles will take commuters from France to their workplace (morning, office, afternoon or night).

The first trip starts shortly after 5 a.m. and the last one ends shortly before midnight. The shuttle service is designed to fully meet the needs of commuters. On some days, the shuttle will run only a few times, while on others it will serve all workplaces.

Although the vehicles can accommodate up to five passengers, the project’s sanitation plan stipulates that a maximum of two passengers can use the shuttle service simultaneously.

Throughout the experimental phase, technical data from the vehicle will be collected to indicate when and in what situations the vehicle is running in autopilot mode and when, on the contrary, it is necessary for accompanying drivers to take over control of the vehicle.

Passenger experiences and driving sensation will also be collected in the form of surveys and their analysis will provide important insights into the acceptance and limitations of such a mobility concept.

After the test phase with cross-border commuters, it is planned to make the mobility service available to the general public. The exact timetable and registration options will be announced in due course.

Terminal is the first project to investigate a cross-border automated mobility concept. The project is financed by the “Interreg VA Grande Région” programme, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Saarland Ministry of Economics, Labour, Energy and Transport. The Saarland University of Applied Sciences (htw saar) is the project leader.

 

Expérimentation du service transfrontalier de navettes automatisées lancée !

12 juillet 2021

Les premiers transfrontaliers testent le service de navettes automatisées gratuit entre Creutzwald et Überherrn.

Le signal de départ tant attendu a été donné et le service de navettes automatisées est en fonction !  « Ravi et très fier », voilà les sentiments qu’évoque le professeur Bousonville de la htw saar après deux ans de travail dans le cadre du projet TERMINAL. Son collègue, le professeur Wieker, ajoute : « Il s’agit d’une étape importante pour le trafic transfrontalier ».”

Après avoir étudié dans un premier temps les conditions cadres pour le transport automatisé en région frontalière, examiné les réactions des véhicules sur l’itinéraire dans une phase de marche à blanc et formé de manière intensive les conducteurs accompagnateurs (mis à disposition par la KVS GmbH), le temps de l’expérimentation pratique est arrivé : le service transfrontalier de navettes électriques automatisées va être testé en conditions réelles de trafic pendant une période d’essai de trois mois,

Pour parcourir la longue distance (17 km) entre Creutzwald et la zone industrielle “Im Häsfeld” à Überherrn-Altforweiler, deux TESLA Modèle X seront utilisées. Le service de navettes offre aux navetteurs inscrits l’occasion unique d’essayer gratuitement ce concept de mobilité innovant. Du lundi au vendredi, entre juillet et septembre, les véhicules emmèneront les navetteurs de France à leur poste de travail (matin, bureau, après-midi ou nuit).

Le premier trajet débute peu après 5 heures du matin et le dernier se termine peu avant minuit. Le service de navettes est conçu pour répondre pleinement aux besoins des navetteurs. Certains jours, la navette ne circulera que quelques fois, tandis que d’autres, elle desservira tous les postes de travail.

Bien que les véhicules puissent accueillir jusqu’à cinq passagers, le plan d’hygiène sanitaire du projet stipule qu’un maximum de deux passagers peuvent utiliser le service de navette simultanément.

Tout au long de la phase d’expérimentation, des données techniques du véhicule seront collectées pour indiquer à quel moment et dans quelles situations le véhicule circule en mode de pilotage automatique et quand, au contraire, il est nécessaire que les conducteurs accompagnateurs reprennent le contrôle du véhicule.

Les expériences des passagers et la sensation de conduite seront également recueillies sous forme d’enquêtes et leur analyse fournira des indications importantes sur l’acceptation et les limites d’un tel concept de mobilité.

Après la phase d’expérimentation avec les transfrontaliers, il est prévu de mettre le service de mobilité à la disposition du grand public. Le calendrier exact ainsi que les possibilités d’inscription seront annoncés en temps voulu.

Terminal est le premier projet à étudier un concept de mobilité automatisée transfrontalier. Le projet est financé par le programme “Interreg VA Grande Région” par le Fonds européen de développement régional (FEDER) ainsi que par le ministère de l’économie, du travail, de l’énergie et des transports de la Sarre. La htw saar, Université des sciences appliquées de la Sarre, endosse le rôle de chef de file du projet.

Presentation of the project in Creutzwald

March, 18th 2021

The representatives of the project TERMINAL, Mrs. Isabelle Rösler and Mr. Thomas Bousonville presented the progress and details of the project to the municipal Council of the association of local municipalities  Warndt in Creutzwald on March, 18th 2021.

The regional press was also present and reported on the event by publishing an article in the daily newspaper “Républicain Lorrain” on March 22nd to mention this project, which is unique in Europe and for which volunteers are being sought to test the mobility concept.

Note for interested cross-border commuters!

To the newspaper article

Impressions of the evenining from the homepage CC Warndt

Many thanks to the association of municipalities Warndt for this great opportunity!

Testing automated driving – experience smart mobility

Merzig

19th October 2019

This was the motto of the day of the open test field in Merzig.
Together with the Research Group for Traffic Telematics (FGVT) of htw saar the district town Merzig gave citizens the opportunity to experience this live. In the course of test drives, interested parties could experience at first hand how intelligent transport systems contribute to the improvement of efficiency in road traffic and road safety.

Link to the television report on Saarland Radio:
19th October 2019 – Saarländischer Rundfunk (in German)

further reporting:
20th October 2019 – Saarbrücker Zeitung (in German – for subscribers only)

10×6 Mobility: The challenges Luxembourg faces

Esch-sur-Alzette

18th September 2019

The 10×6 Mobility Conference organized by Paperjam in the Escher Theater on September 18, 2019 gave 10 experts the opportunity to present their vision of better transportation to improve the quality of life, for more sustainability and a strong economy. One of them was the use of electric automated minibuses for commuter transport in border regions.
Professor Thomas Bousonville talked about the ambitious goals of the project TERMINAL and the related actions that htw saar wants to carry out together with its operational partners in order to enable commuters in the Greater Region to experience better mobility in the future.

Video of the lecture of Prof. Bousonville (in English)

Impressions of the event in pictures (in French)

further reporting:
24th September 2019 – htw saar blog entry (in German)

19th September 2019 – Summary of Paperjam (in English)

18th September 2019 – Tweet on Twitter (in English)

Vidéo du site expérimental transfrontalier pour la mobilité intelligente et la connectivité 5G en ligne

Luxembourg

9 août 2019

Luxembourg Trade and Invest a réalisé une vidéo présentant le site expérimental transfrontalier. Il présente tous les avantages de ce lieu unique pour les chercheurs et les entreprises dans le domaine de la mobilité intelligente et de la connectivité 5G. Une séquence a été consacrée au projet TERMINAL.

Le champ d’essai numérique transfrontalier #TestBed pour la conduite en réseau et automatisée relie 215 km de routes publiques au #Luxembourg, en #Allemagne et en #France. Avec la technologie #5G, elle offre une occasion unique de tester et d’adapter de nouvelles solutions de mobilité # pour le marché européen. Un véritable environnement avec plusieurs passages de frontières, des sections de tunnel, la densité du trafic, etc.
Idéal pour les #startups, les entreprises et les instituts de recherche.

Lien vers la vidéo :
08 août 2019 – YouTube (en Anglais)

Video about cross-border test field for Smart Mobility and 5G connectivity online

Luxembourg

8th August 2019

Luxembourg Trade and Invest has completed a video presenting the cross-border test field. It presents all the advantages of this unique location for researchers and companies in the field of smart mobility and 5G connectivity. One sequence is dedicated to the TERMINAL project.

The  cross-border digital #TestBed for connected and automated driving connects 215 km of public roads in #Luxembourg, #Germany and #France. With #5G technology, it offers a unique opportunity to test and adapt new #mobility solutions for the European market. A real environment with several border crossings, tunnel sections, traffic density, etc.
Ideal for #startups, companies and research institutes.

Link to the video:
8th August 2019 – YouTube (in English)

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)