RATP is launching a new experiment of autonomous and 100% electric shuttles between the station Château de Vincennes (metro line 1) and the Bois de Vincennes (Paris 12th). After the success of the experiment on the Charles de Gaulle Bridge (Paris 12th) in early 2017, which attracted more than 30.000 travelers, the RATP, Île-de-France Mobilités and the City of Paris, launched for 6 months minimum, this new test. The shuttles charge up at night and run from Friday to Sunday, from 10 AM to 8 PM.
Through this experiment, users' feedbacks will be collected. A new operating mode will also be tested: "platooning". In order to respond to traffic peaks, the shuttles will be contiguous to each other to circulate very closely. The ultimate goal is to be able to operate a number of autonomous shuttles adapted to the flow of users.
In the coming weeks, RATP will also launch an internal service on the CEA Paris-Saclay site with two other autonomous shuttles. According to RATP, autonomous vehicles represent an opportunity to diversify the mobility alternatives, by offering solutions for unsatisfied demand (low density territories, weak flows, first and last kilometer ...).