Learning together: CCAM Planning for AV-Pilots

11 January 2022 - Published by Sophie Rasbash

Hannover recently held a “CCAM Planning and your AV-Pilot” workshop together with Rupprecht Consult. The steering group critically reflected on the current situation regarding the preparation/realisation of the PAV Shuttle Pilot. The resulting need for change/action and essential measures regarding the preparation/realisation of the PAV Shuttle Pilot were identified. After a short presentation of the current status of the pilot project in Hanover (Arndt, Göbler, Reschke), Rupprecht Consult's Wolfgang Backhaus explained the further procedure, which was based on 8 key components. 

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The following core issues were discussed at each component:

Technology: What technical tools, equipment, infrastructure, etc. are available or needed? Requirements for line operation do not match perfectly to the vehicles which the market currently offer – eg. Speed, display panels, LSA control, ticketing.

Organisation: What should change in terms of processes and cooperation? What could an appropriate organisational structure look like? Very close cooperation between Region Hannover (project responsibility/organisation) and the local transport companies is needed (route responsibility / operational implementation). In this respect, Hannover Region is well-positioned. Communication with the authorities involved should be maintained and sought in a timely manner.

Tasks: What new roles, jobs, responsibilities and tasks are required? Which ones need to be changed? The role of the driver/operator will change. The need for specialised staff in control centres is increasing. Data collection and evaluation is gaining in importance. 

Decision-making: What events could lead to the project having to be stopped? Mainly safety issues (whenever there is a risk to people); if the operation does not work in practice.

Information flows: How are citizens and stakeholders informed? Various possibilities need to be discussed in the course of further meetings: Local launch event on the university campus if possible, press work via press offices, round tables for residents and companies, notices and information at bus stops several months before the start of operations, project homepage. What message should be conveyed and how can this be achieved? Clearly communicate the test character of the shuttle, the innovative character of the project (integration into existing line), electric vehicle (locally emission-free and quiet), What actions are planned during operation? Guiding groups of visitors, offering unscheduled special trips for interested groups, involvement of students (e.g. accompanying research),

Personal: Do skill and knowledge gaps need to be filled? Training for stewards in the shuttle, great interest on the part of the local public transport companies, willingness to innovate must be present both among the project management and the drivers, understand autonomous driving as an opportunity and not as a threat.

 

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