INTERNATIONAL: Bestmile and Init announced on November 28 that they will work together to develop technologies to enable the incorporation of driverless road vehicles into public transport operations.

Focusing on autonomous vehicles for first and last-mile services connecting to transport hubs, the companies aim to integrate their respective back-end software. This would enable dispatchers in a control centre to track all transport services within one monitoring system. Init and Bestmile also intend to develop real-time passenger information, planning and ticketing systems to cover public transport and driverless shuttles.

‘Bestmile is the ideal partner to help us deliver the next generation of smart mobility solutions’, said Init’s Head of Research Dirk Weißer. ‘Its proven technology will enable us to fully incorporate autonomous first and last-mile services into the central management tool of public transit providers — the fleet management system.’