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European CyberCars Project presentation, Antibes, 10-11 Juin 2004

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  • eric.britton@ecoplan.org
    This announcement has just come in from our colleague Michel Parent of the Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique, France, who is
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 4, 2004
      European CyberCars Project presentation, Antibes, 10-11 Juin 2004

      This announcement has just come in from our colleague Michel Parent of the Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique, France, who is coordinator of the ambitious European CyberCars Project announcing the final presentation of their project and a demonstration in the city of Antibes from 10-11 June (you should be so lucky).

      Full details at http://www.cybercars.org/docs/annonce-cybercars-g.pdf with new information as it comes in here under our Events rubric.  Program information is at http://www.cybercars.org/.  You also may wish to check out the EU’s CyberMove’s project at http://www.cybermove.org/ You will find an article on this at the EU’s Innovations Report site at http://www.innovations-report.com/html/reports/logistics/report-26652.html.

      ·       CYBERCARS: Cybernetic Cars for a New Transportation System in the Cities
      ·       CYBERMOVE: Cybernetic Transportation Systems for the Cities of Tomorrow

      To put you in the picture we quote here the text of an abstract from a recent presentation by M. Parent:

      “Through the last century, automobile transportation has changed the life of billions of individuals and has become one of the largest industry. However, the success of this transportation mode has brought major problems such as accidents, dependency on oil reserves, local and global pollutions and nuisances for many inhabitants, in particular in cities. In order to alleviate these problems, it seems that a better balance between public transport (which is safer, more efficient and often faster) and individual transportation is the best way to go. However, to reach this better balance, new services have to be offered such as instant rental or car-sharing to make the individual vehicles more complementary to public transportation. If we think this new form of vehicle usage can attract a significant portion of travels, new vehicles will be developed to fit this market. These new vehicles will be targeted at the beginning at city travels where small, efficient and safe vehicles are required as a complement to public transport for the local traffic. For even better efficiency and better service, these vehicles should have more than drivers aids : they should move automatically on demand. This is possible with existing technologies at low speed and on dedicated (or at least with reduced traffic) roads. The first such vehicles are now operational and are starting to be deployed in the context of the European CyberCars and CyberMove projects. We call these vehicles cybercars, which means that they have fully automated driving capabilities on existing infrastructures. However, the future of cybercars may not lie in very small local systems. If in a few decades, most of the cars produced are equipped with cybernetic capabilities (which is the tendency through drivers aids which are more and more sophisticated), we could very easily envision that entire cities (or sections of large cities) could be reserved for such vehicles in automatic mode. Furthermore we could see new high speed infrastructures (with very narrow lanes) be developed for the same (or higher performance) vehicles). Such new low cost infrastructures would allow much higher capacity with very high safety and minimum nuisances. Cybernetic transportation systems (or CTS) would also allow a better control of the demand since the computer management of the system would not allow congestion to occur (probably through some pricing structure or through pre-booking”

      -----Original Message-----
      From: Michel Parent [mailto:Michel.Parent@...]
      Sent: Sunday, April 04, 2004 11:21 AM

      Le consortium CyberCars (www.cybercars.org) et la ville d'Antibes sont heureux de vous inviter à la présentation finale du projet les 10 et 11 Juin 2004 dans la ville d'Antibes. Les partenaires du projet vous présenteront divers cybercars en opération dans la ville d'Antibes, les technologies clefs pour ces véhicules ainsi que les règlementations et certifications qui vont permettre de les faires circuler dans des lieux publics.

      Voir le programme détaillé sur : http://www.cybercars.org/10juin.html 



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