PRT News Front

Slashdot [2006 September 8]

"Almost all of us can recall both good and poor memories of taxi rides when we arrived in a city we didn't know. This is why a short article from Spiegel Online, 'Bringing Robot Transportation to Europe,' caught my eye this morning..."
Taxis without drivers [2006 September 8]
"ost all of us can recall both good and poor memories of taxi rides when we arrived in a city we didn't know. This is why a short article from Spiegel Online, 'Bringing Robot Transportation to Europe,' caught my eye this morning. It briefly describes the European 'CityMobil' project which involves 28 partners in 10 countries at a cost of €40 million. This project plans to eliminate city drivers and three trial sites have already been selected. For example, in 2008, Terminal 5 in London's Heathrow airport will be connected to the car park by driverless electric cars along a 4-kilometer track.... In Rome, special driverless 'cybercars' will take visitors between a new exhibition centre, the car park and nearby railway station. Finally, in Castellón [Spain], special buses that can run either with or without a driver, depending on the traffic conditions, will operate in the town centre."
Bringing Robot Transportation to Europe Spiegel [2006 August 28]
"A new European Union-funded project will see the introduction of driverless Taxis at Heathrow, "cyber cars" in Rome and an automatic bus in Castellón, Spain. And that's only the beginning. [Includes photos of Ultra]"
Photos of Ultra Driving you to emptier roads [2006 September 9]
"A new EU project, CityMobil, plans to make the roads in Europe's cities more efficient - by eliminating the drivers.

"The €40 million project involves 28 partners in 10 countries, and three trial sites have already been selected - London's Heathrow airport, the new exhibition centre in Rome and the town of Castellón in eastern Spain.

"While this sounds like something from a science fiction film, the ideas are already in use. 'Yes, this sounds like science fiction, but there are already driverless systems, for example in Cappelle aan de Ijssel near Rotterdam in the Netherlands, linking to an industrial park, but on a separate piece of road,' said Jan P. van Dijke, from Netherlands-based TNO Science and Industry, which coordinated the project, speaking to CORDIS News. "

CityMobil
"Towards Advanced Road Transport for the Urban Environment"
CYBERMOVE [2004 November 30]
"Cybernetic transportation systems for the cities of tomorrow"
CYBERCARS [2004 July 31]
"CYBERnetic CARS for a new transportation system in the cities"
STARDUST [2004 May 31]
"Towards sustainable town development : a research on deployment of urban sustainable transport systems (STARDUST)"

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