What are the effects on road safety, how do autonomous vehicles respond to other road users and to what extent can they compete with existing means of transport? What’s the impact of self-driving cars on congestion? Do citizens feel invited to hop on a self-driving van?

The aim of the City of Amsterdam is to be the world’s number one city in Smart Mobility. In line with this, the Municipality, among others, needs to prepare for the arrival of autonomous vehicles and the impact these will have on the urban environment.

Accelerating mobility innovation by bundling expertise
On the road to answering the aforementioned questions, this October 24th, a project coalition has been signed between the City of Amsterdam, Local Motors, Transport Authority Amsterdam, GVB, Bureau Marineterrein and AMS Institute.

This collaboration pilot, which is part of the Municipality's ambitious Smart Mobility Program, will be an essential step to further accelerate the mobility innovation ecosystem in the city.

The City of Amsterdam, Local Motors, Transport Authority Amsterdam, GVB, Bureau Marineterrein and AMS Institute joining forces to accelerate urban innovation | Sjoerd Ponstein ©

“In order to successfully implement autonomous vehicles in the city, it's important to investigate the interactions with all aspects of the urban environment - from citizens to infrastructure.”

Tom Kuipers

Program Developer Smart Urban Mobility

Why are pilot projects with autonomous vehicles important?
Starting in Q2 2020, a 3-month experiment will take place in Amsterdam to test whether autonomous vehicles can be implemented in the city. Olli will drive around at Marineterrein Amsterdam, an almost car-free site on private grounds.

The main goal is to learn and gain operational and practical experience. By running this pilot, it is aimed to test whether autonomous vehicles can be implemented in other city districts and what further research should be done. Does autonomous transportation, for example, offer a solution for congestion? Can a self-driving car deliver packages?

Hence, this experiment will give important insights and experiences on which regulations and policies can be based and further research can be conducted.

Discussing the pros and cons of autonomous vehicles
Democratization and social inclusion are important aspects for the current city council of Amsterdam. During the Olli pilot, societal discussion series will be hosted on the usage, goals, consequences, pros and cons of the implementation of autonomous vehicles in The Netherlands, and Amsterdam specifically.

Furthermore, the aforementioned consortium will act in close contact with other organizations, such as RDW, Provincie Noord-Holland and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management.

More details about the project will follow when the project is launched.

Excited to learn more about the impact of autonomous vehicles on the urban environment? There are several projects running:

Project

The Spatial & Transport Impacts of Automated Driving

Smart Urban Mobility

Options for transportation in Amsterdam are rapidly changing. The sharing economy is booming, public transport solutions are upgraded and expanded as with the Noord Zuidlijn and even traditional biking is innovated with electricity powered solutions.

Project

Meaningful Human Control

Smart Urban Mobility

What does the self-driving car mean for human responsibility? The ''Meaningful Human Control'' project promotes innovation in self-driving cars in a responsible way.