The number of pilots with self-propelled shuttles in the Netherlands has increased significantly over the past three years and this growth is expected to continue in the coming years. Many different learning experiences are gained in the pilots.
Goudappel was commissioned by the Ministry of Infrastructure & Water Management to bundle the lessons learned with regard to self-propelled shuttles in the Netherlands and to translate them into decision information from a government perspective. The knowledge questions formulated by the Ministry have served as a common thread in this study. The lessons learned have been retrieved by entering into discussions with parties involved in the realisation of the pilots.
The study provides insight into the most important lessons with regard to the stakeholders involved, the functioning of the vehicles, policy and organisation, infrastructure and safety. At the stakeholder level, for example, it examines which parties are involved and what role they play in the pilots. With regard to the functioning of the vehicles, disengagement, the functioning of the vehicles in weather conditions and the adjustment of the vehicles in a pilot were examined. In terms of policy and organisation, the research deepened into the various approaches of the pilots, the often still shaky business cases, concessions and the stimulating and inhibiting conditions that play a role in setting up and carrying out a pilot. The final lesson is the infrastructural modifications and the interaction with other road traffic.