Autonomous vehicles are the opportunity for governments, transport authorities and agencies to improve efficiency, competitiveness, safety, accessibility and reliability of the current public transport services. Key is the successful integration of autonomous vehicles to the current network, through automated shuttles and driverless cars, but also close collaboration with public transport agencies, which can become digital integrators. Mobility-as-a-Service, multi-modal transport solutions and disrupter business models can further enhance the developments of the mobility of the future.

ERTICO’s core mission is to build a inclusive, sustainable and cooperative vision of transport and mobility through active involvement in projects and activities. SHOW (SHared automation Operating models for worldwide adoption) is one of these projects: the largest European projects on autonomous vehicles aiming at supporting the deployment of shared, connected and electrified automation in urban transport, in order to advance sustainable urban mobility. SHOW involves 69 partners from 13 European countries and foresees, during its 4 years of duration, real-life urban demonstrations taking place in 20 cities across Europe.

On 11 and 12 November, Global Mass Transit organised its second annual conference on Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) and Public Transport in Europe. The conference was an occasion to discuss policy and regulatory framework in Europe, the best practices to integrate autonomous vehicles and public transport, case studies, pilot projects and trials, potential use cases of autonomous vehicles in public transport, strategies for deployment of AVs to support transit operations and asset management, ways to leverage autonomous vehicles for post-pandemic recovery, funding and procurement strategies.

Nikolaos Tsampieris, SHOW Project Manager at ERTICO, was one of the speakers invited to present the work done so far in SHOW during the session 6 ‘Updates on EU-wide project’.

‘SHOW is a unique effort to transform promote seamless and safe sustainable mobility through automation’, says Mr. Tsampieris. ‘It is the prelude of a whole new world of Urban Mobility in the years to come.’

The event brought together experts from government agencies, public transport authorities, vehicle technology suppliers, R&D institutes, academic institutions and private companies to address issues in policy, planning, funding, technology, market development, testing and deployment of these vehicles.