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.

 

Charging stations put into operation at KVS !

Saarlouis,  July 1st 2021

The time has come! Just in time for the start of the practical test phase, two brand new 22kW charging wallboxes were put into operation at our partner – KVS GmbH from Saarlouis.

These enable rapid charging of both test vehicles, which will transport every day cross-border commuters who have registered to use the shuttle service between Creutzwald and the Häsfeld industrial estate  from 8 July.

This guarantees that the vehicles, which will be partly on the road from early in the morning (4.30 a.m.) until late in the evening (midnight), will always be ready for operation for each work shift!

 

First citizen dialogue: INFORM on June 16th 2021

The practical test will take place very soon and we are delighted to invite you to our first information event.

WHEN? June 16th, 2021 at 6pm

WHERE? Zoom Video conference

We will inform you about the objectives of the project, present you the planned test drives and the used automated vehicles and answer your questions.

Languages : French and German with simultaneous translation

Register for free under: Registration

Presentation of the project in Überherrn

March 25th 2021

One week after Creutzwald, it was now the turn of the German municipality of Überherrn.

The representatives of the TERMINAL project, Professor Wieker, Niclas Wolniak and Isabelle Rösler presented the progress of the project to the Überherrn municipal council and outlined the details of the upcoming practical test phase.

Many thanks to the municipality of Überherrn and especially to the mayor Mrs Yliniva-Hoffmann for this opportunity!

 

 

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!

Successful second monitoring committee for TERMINAL

February 23rd 2021

Corona obliges, this year’s Monitoring Committee took place online, but it was no less successful!

Despite the current difficult situation, the TERMINAL project has managed to make substantial progress in 2020, and the INTERREG project manager, Mrs Arnould, was very pleased to congratulate the consortium.

With the acquisition of two test vehicles, an important project milestone has been reached and preparations for the operational phase are in full swing.

We will keep you informed!

Restart for the imove survey on mobility on demand!

Kaiserslautern

5th October 2020

Out study on mobility on demand is ready to restart!

After its suspension in March due to the Corona pandemy, the survey is now able to restart.

Take some minutes and share with us your mobility habits as well as your opinion about a new innovative mobility concept.

Help us to help shape the mobility of tomorrow and answer our questions.

You will make an important contribution to the success of our test project! 40 Powerbanks will be raffled among all participants.

Survey in English

Survey in German
Survey in French

former post:

26th March 2020

Due to the corona crisis and the lack of commuter traffic to Luxembourg, we have currently suspended our survey among users of cross-border bus lines.
As soon as working conditions normalise, you will be able to participate in our survey again.
Therefore, the prize draw will be postponed to a later date. Thank you for your understanding.

former post:

27th February 2020

In order to optimize cross-border commuter traffic between France, Luxembourg and Germany with the TERMINAL test project by means of automated and demand-oriented public mobility offers, the Technical University of Kaiserslautern will conduct an online survey starting in March 2020. The survey is intended to record mobility habits in order to find out how commuters are confronted with innovative mobility offers and which concept best meets their needs.

Help us to help shape the mobility of tomorrow and answer our questions.

You will make an important contribution to the success of our test project! 40 Powerbanks will be raffled among all participants.

Survey in German
Survey in English
Survey in French

Survey on user acceptance of self-driving vehicles in the Greater Region goes online

Kaiserslautern

23rd April 2020

Within the project TERMINAL we would like to determine the acceptance of self-driving vehicles by potential users, so that we can come closer to our goal of optimising cross-border commuter traffic in the Greater Region through automated, demand-oriented and public mobility offers.

At this point your opinion is requested: Do you consider self-driving vehicles to be a sustainable and economic transport solution for future mobility or are they just an utopic vision?

Share your visions of future mobility with us!

Take about 20 minutes of your time for our survey and improve the mobility of the Greater Region.

We count on you!

Your details will of course be treated strictly confidentially. The research-related results will be used exclusively in anonymous form in publications.

Successful first monitoring committee for TERMINAL

Saarbrücken

12th February 2020

On the morning of 12 February 2020, the first Monitoring Committee of the TERMINAL project took place at the htw saar forum. This event was the opportunity to present the progress of the project to our funding authority INTERREG as well as to our strategic partners.
We would like to thank all our operational and strategic partners for their cooperation and look forward to the next two years with great anticipation and enthusiasm!

imove researches new mobility concepts

Kaiserslautern/Saarbrücken

22nd and 24th January 2020

In the TERMINAL project, future and sustainable mobility concepts (robo-services) are to be researched. For this purpose it is important to determine the needs and preferences of different user groups.

This is the reason why the imove institute of the TU Kaiserslautern together with the htw saar conduct workshops with students, students, professionals, seniors and persons with reduced mobility.

With the support of the company MOGEoK and the personal commitment of its managing director Mrs. Ann-Christin Koch, two insightful workshops with REHA participants have been carried out.

We would like to thank MOGEoK and all participants!