Researchproject SURF-STAD has kicked off looking into the impacts of automated driving on the urban environment and mobility

Tuesday the 7th of March the first public event of the STAD project (Spatial and transport impacts of automated driving) will take place at the provinciehuis Zuid-Holland in the Hague. Key research organisations like TU Delft and TNO, public authorities, transportation companies and consultancy firms investigate within the project the long term impacts of automated driving on the urban environment and mobility. The results of the project could for example be used by public authorities in their long term planning policy. The province of Zuid-Holland is one of the partners within SURF-STAD.

Automated vehicles will change the way in which we travel, live, work and leisure. The researchproject STAD investigates the impact of automated vehicles on transportation and location choice behavior of people and companies and the (spatial) design of cities and roads. During the event various speakers will share their efforts and progress regarding automated vehicles.

Steven van der Kleij of Rotterdam The Hague Airport (RTHA) for example looks at how the accessibility of the airport can be improved:  “The existing public transport has a hard time connecting the airport with the Meijersplein metrostop. We are currently investigating which innovative automated driving solution can fulfill the requirements “.

Presenter Marieke Kassenberg, province of Gelderland, about the WEpods project: “An automated vehicle can have a large impact on first and last mile in the rural area. Travellers can request a WEpod at any time of the day and travel towards the station or the shopping mall. Of course a key issue here is, besides the technical challenges, if people are happy to use the vehicles, how other road users react and if we maintain our share of cyclists. Besides technical issues also social issues that need to be solved.”

Rob Zuidwijk, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM):  “Truck platooning is a promising first step towards automated driving on public roads. Pilots have been started on large scale already and scientific research contributes to the further development of new and necessary logistical concepts and business models to allow automated driving to flourish in logistics.”

The event will be hosted on a yearly basis. During these public events the results of the project will be presented and the newly acquired insights regarding automated driving will be discussed. Smart Urban Regions of the Future (SURF)-STAD) has been made possible by the VeRDuS Program.

The presentations of the speakers will be made available on the website shortly after the event.

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