Amsterdam, NL is piloting AVs
Amsterdam is approaching AVs pragmatically to preserve its hard-won accomplishments in sustainable transport, which have emphasized innovations to increase cycling and walking. The city’s Smart Mobility Action Plan 2016-2018 has allocated €100,000 ($112,000) in 2017 for ongoing assessment of self-driving technologies. The city’s preparations for AV pilots are focused on the IJburg district, a new development area east of the city center and Rieker Business Park. Several ideas, including an AV shuttle for disabled persons, have advanced well into the design and planning stages.
Future plans will draw on findings from Spatial and Transport Impacts of Automated Driving (STAD)—a €7.5 million ($8.4 million) behavioral and design research effort co-housed at the University of Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS), a collaboration between Delft University of Technology and MIT which will look at AVs’ implications for travel and location choices, and impacts on the design of cities and roads. Another AMS effort is the world’s only autonomous water transport pilot to date.