DroneHub Groningen Airport Eelde has started the long-term "Autonomous Flying" programme on behalf of and in collaboration with the province of Groningen. The ultimate goal of the province of Groningen is to work towards fully autonomous flying for goods and people.
Autonomous vehicles during the current phase, often still have a steward on board. In the near future, it should be possible for vehicles on the road, for example, to only be monitored from a distance. It is the intention that autonomous means of transport are monitored remotely and that control can be taken over in the event of remote problems.
Without a certificate of proficiency one is not allowed to transport goods or people in public spaces. This is arranged for people, but not for auto-pilot software. RobotTUNER uses human performance in the execution of procedures as the standard for the performance of auto-pilot software. A driving license for software is being developed in collaboration with the CBR (Central Bureau for Driving Certificates).
Prototypes of autonomous transport are tested using so-called digital twins. These are simulated copies of the real world. In the virtual laboratories testing can be done in a cheap and safe way. We have already applied this several times on the road and this is also possible for the other modalities.
The quality of the safety systems of autonomous means of transport, is an important topic in the choice of suppliers and in obtaining permission to experiment. RobotTUNER has developed a by the RDW approved method for obtaining exemption for Hazard and Risk Analysis HARA. A full analysis of the vehicle and the route on which it is used is performed.
In the climate agreement it has been agreed that the logistics sector will achieve a 49% CO2 reduction by 2030. To achieve this, the sector has put forward a number of plans, such as intensifying emission-free city logistics, distribution hubs on city edges, efficient use of vehicles and making vehicles more 'green', for example by using electricity or switching to other sustainable fuels such as hydrogen.
The European Hyperloop Center (EHC), from developer Hardt Hyperloop from Delft, will be established in Groningen. Hyperloop is a transport system, which uses an air pressure tube, through which people and goods are transported. The technique is comparable to pneumatic tube.
Together with residents, companies and transporters in the city center of Groningen, a first test case in the Oude Kijk in 't Jatstraat will be used to investigate what is needed to keep the (inner) city functioning well with a zero-emission zone and possibly a larger delivery time window area.
This bus parking has undergone significant development in 2019. In the GD2020 concession, the number of electric buses has been increased from 10 to 164. Both city buses and buses used on the Q-link network run electrically. To make this possible, the loading capacity had to be expanded at various locations. The site on the Peizerweg in Groningen has been prepared for charging the new electric buses, with 73 pantograph chargers and 10 plug chargers realized.