13 May 2019


An autonomous electric bus runs at Brussels Airport for 4 days. For the time being without passengers on board, to test the technology in a real daily traffic environment. In the coming days, the vehicle from constructor 2GetThere will make its first demonstration trips at the terminal.

Brussels Airport is the setting for an ambitious pilot project with a self-driving shuttle bus from Belgian public transport company De Lijn. This pilot project serves as a stepping stone to an autonomously running shuttle that navigates independently through traffic. De Lijn sees the autonomous shuttle as a flexible reinforcement of the basic network with which it can cope with the major mobility challenges of the future. For Brussels Airport, the pilot project serves as research into how self-driving buses can be used to make passenger transport at the airport more efficient. In 2021 De Lijn and Brussels Airport Company want to launch an autonomous shuttle service between the airport terminal and the cargo business zone and parking areas.

The shuttle runs independently at a speed of on average 20 km/h on a fixed route by magnets and sensors. The magnets are located in the ground and serve as beacons for the autonomous bus to indicate the way. The sensors in the bus are to detect other objects in the environment. The bus shares the road with other traffic.

The technology will be further developed based on the results of this pilot project. In the course of 2020, longer periods with additional tests will take place in mixed traffic on the Brucargo business zone. If these tests are positive, the passenger system can be further expanded and the dispatch center, interfaces and charging stations will also be added. In the middle of 2021 passenger transport can be started.

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