Real-life operations
Roll out

Our client :

Their issue :
Replace conventional rail and bus transportation schemes by an electric mobility solution at the Moscow airport.
Our client, a world-class airport designer and operator, asked us for support in their reply to a tender for the roll out of an innovative mobility solution to link airport terminals, carparks and restricted areas with driverless autonomous vehicles. The objective was to replace the above-ground rail and bus schemes with a tunnel. 

The difficulty :
Multiple constraints with the transportation of thousands of passengers per hour (passengers and airport staff) in a tunnel, quality of service, punctuality, the landing and take-off timetable.

Our solution :
Using our return on experience in the roll out of innovative mobility solutions, as for instance the vehicles by Navya in Lyon and Singapour, the Ligier EZ10 vehicles in the European Commission CityMobil2 project and at the Chengdu Michelin Bibendum Challenge in China, we conducted a feasibility study to determine the relevance of driverless autonomous shuttles instead of rail-guided or operator-driven bus solutions.

The study encompassed :

  • Results of the driverless autonomous shuttle tests for public transportation worldwide. 
  • Presentation and assessment of intermodal solutions using a fleet of 100% electric vehicles.

The results :
The study results for the roll out of driverless autonomous shuttles in a tunnel underlined the importance to further study the system capacity to transport several thousands of people per hour. In addition, we recommended to conduct an additional risk analysis with the suppliers of guided and rail systems as no driverless vehicle with virtual and digital guiding systems for tunnel application has been launched and commercially operated in the world. 

ADPi and AECOM are continuing the assessment for such solutions.