Haarlem, NL is piloting AVs
The province of Noord-Holland is home to the longest bus rapid transit (BRT) line in the Netherlands, linking the city of Haarlem with Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. In 2015, Daimler Buses—a division of Mercedes-Benz and the world’s largest manufacturer of buses—tested a self-driving bus with Level 3 capabilities along the 12.5 mile (20km) route. CityPilot, the company’s name for the vehicle’s autonomous driving system, is a repurposed version of products previously tested on long-haul trucks. It relies on radar and cameras to detect other vehicles, pedestrians, and to interpret traffic signals. Daimler has announced up to €200 million ($225 million) in future R&D commitments for bus technologies.
In September 2017, Noord-Holland hosted a hackathon focused on creating a traffic information system to self-driving cars throughout the province.