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Shuttles&Co - The Digital Urban Traffic Test Bed


The Shuttles&Co project pursues the following essential goals to design the mobility system of the future:

  1. Operation of a fleet of highly automated electric minibuses as an important addition to Berlin’s mobility system
  2. Improvement of perception and prediction, self-localization as highly reliable and highly available basic functions of autonomous driving, including cooperative processes and the cooperative creation and exchange of a Local Dynamic Map (LDM)
  3. Testing of connected and automated driving (CAD) in cooperative infrastructure (V2X) and V2X-based traffic control
  4. Updating and supplying digital maps and other necessary data and services via suitable exchange platforms
  5. Studies on citizens‘ and users‘ acceptance and social participation that lead to implementation strategies

ZTG´s subprojects include: Social dialogue, user group analysis and user acceptance

Autonomous driving vehicles are a significant technological breakthrough in the transportation system. Like all innovations, this technology must first prove its practical reliability towards potential (non-)users. This is even more true for autonomous public transport vehicles, which serve as means of mass transportation and thus are subjected to the high demands and expectations of many users. Therefore, during its trial period, the acceptance of automated public transport solutions is analyzed with the following aims: to identify different user groups, to record their various user expectations and to analyze acceptance problems.

Furthermore, the concept of acceptance is to be examined and strengthened within interdisciplinary contexts. In addition, the state of Berlin wants to live up to the demand of high-quality citizen participation by seeking dialog with residents, to discuss this political and technological issue of the future. The general public will be involved in the project through information and exchange forums. The project seeks to create social dialogue on the opportunities and challenges that come with new mobility. Accompanying project workshops and dialogues tackle the question of how Berlin´s mobility system could be optimized by utilizing the fleets in other deployment scenarios. Key topics include, but are not limited to participation, on-demand transport and solutions. The potential effects of the developed and tested solutions will be analyzed and implementation strategies will be created for regular operations and scaling of the applications in Berlin. The conclusions drawn from the experience of previous CAD projects will play a central role.

The project will answer the following questions:

  • Which different user groups are to be considered when testing CAD busses and what are the specific expectations towards this technology?
  • Is the CAD bus service accepted by users, residents and other stakeholders?
  • What is the response of users, residents, and other stakeholders towards this technology?
  • How are the opportunities and challenges of new mobility evaluated?
  • Which introduction strategies of CAD into regular operation can be derived from the acceptance?

Funded by


Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur


January 2020 bis June 2022

Project Partner

  • Senatsverwaltung für Umwelt, Verkehr und Klimaschutz (SenUVK)
  • Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe A.ö.R. (BVG)
  • Berliner Agentur für Elektromobilitat eMO – Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie GmbH (eMO)
  • Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), Institut für Verkehrssystemtechnik
  • Fraunhofer-Institut für Offene Kommunikationssysteme FOKUS
  • Dahlem Center for Intelligent Systems an der Freien Universität Berlin (FU)
  • IAV GmbH
  • Hella Aglaia Mobile Vision GmbH
  • TU berlin, Daimler-Center  for  Automotive  IT  Innovations,  Technische  Universität  Berlin
  • (DCAITI) i
  • VMZ Berlin Betreibergesellschaft mbH


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