> A seat for everyone: BELWAY is first and foremost a comfortable public transport system, with autonomous electric shuttles offering 6, 8 or 10 seats, depending on the model.
> Eliminating waiting times: Numerous at peak times, these shuttles are capable of mass transport with a capacity of 30,000 passengers per hour – equivalent to that of an automatic metro, 4 times more than a tramway. In off-peak hours, and outside urban centres, the service is also available continuously: the shuttles wait for users at the station.
Without a timetable, they leave within 30 seconds to 3 minutes, only if there are passengers, in order to save energy.
> End-to-end journeys in the same vehicle: The same network is able to serve a city centre, its suburbs and even other cities with the same vehicle.
> Dedicated and ligh infrastructure: The BELWAY network is dedicated exclusively to autonomous vehicles: no pedestrians, bikes, or other vehicles. The vehicles travel on the main lanes at speeds of between 90 and 130 km/h and access the stations via service lanes, without disrupting the main flow.
Each lane has a capacity of 6,000 vehicles per hour, more than three times that of a motorway lane.
The infrastructure is of lightweight construction, with no new right of way, and can be on land, underground or above ground.
> Intelligent automatic supervision to guarantee permanent availability of the service, the fluidity of the network and the safety of passengers:
Users choose their destination thanks to an ergonomic interface that assigns them a nearby shuttle.
The supervision system optimises the filling of the shuttles by limiting the number of stops, and gives departure instructions in less than 3 minutes.
On the fast lane, the vehicles all travel at the same speed, regulated by the same supervision, which guarantees the permanent fluidity of the network.
Finally, visual interfaces allow the operators in the control room to ensure that the system is working properly and that passengers are safe.
> A network that can be opened up to external vehicles: Thanks to lane sharing in autonomous mode, the BELWAY network can be opened up to other types of use, such as individual passenger transport, goods transport and the circulation of professional vehicles (craftsmen, service companies, etc.).
BELWAY is already ready for the robot taxis of tomorrow.
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