In Rouen, Autonomous Cars Will Integrate The Transport Service In 2018

By 2018, some 5,000 students and 2,500 employees in the Rouen metropolis will be able to benefit from a very demand- driven public transport service. Particular, since they are Renault ZOE electric and autonomous will be made available to them.

Renault ZOE autonomous and on demand

The Technopole of the Madrillet in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray concentrates an entire activity zone which groups more than 7,500 people spread over 35 hectares. A zone of activities which, from 2018, will receive the first test life-size in France to run independent cars. Requiring an investment of 10 million euros, this test will see the participation of three Renault ZOE fully autonomous. Consisting of setting up a service on demand of public transport, autonomous cars will allow their users to realize the ” last mile “. It will be made available to those who have taken the tram, one of the terminals of which is located outside the compound of the technopole.

A first test in real conditions

For the autonomous Renault ZOE , this will be a first before a possible future commercialization expected for 2020. The Technopole will benefit from this project over a period of 3 years, with an extension of the service in 2019 . Independent vehicles will thus make it possible to connect the tram stops to the various buildings of the site. In total, they will make a loop of 1.5 km on the same routes as buses or individual vehicles. This first test, carried out by the “Autonomous Vehicle Cluster”, is carried out by Metropole Rouen Normandie, the Region, Caisse des Dépôts (CDC), Transdev, SMEs, start-ups and other players in the technological world The competitiveness clusters Mov’eo, TES and the Vedecom Institute.


This project led by the metropolis and several partners comes from a Public Private Partnership (PPP). The first of its kind in France, it follows on from the success of the Astucio free shuttle service on the quays of the Seine – become pedestrians – experienced in Rouen at the end of 2016.

Source: The Quebec Times