The Project ALIKE: Up to 10,000 On-Demand Shuttles as early as 2030
In order to develop a ridepooling system for Hamburg that is unique in the world to date, HOCHBAHN as the leading partner in the ALIKE project has joined forces with the on-demand service provider MOIA and the vehicle manufacturers Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and HOLON. The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is also involved as a research partner.
The system that is now to be developed should be easy for passengers to book, socially accepted, based on clear legal principles, in the best case transferable nationwide and also usable for rural areas. ALIKE is supported by the Federal Ministry for Digital Affairs and Transport with funding of 26 million euros.
From 2024, the first movers for HOCHBAHN should visibly travel through Hamburg and go into test operation from 2025. As early as 2030, up to 10,000 autonomous on-demand shuttles from different providers could then be on the road in public transport throughout the entire Hanseatic city.
The pilot operation, in which a vehicle escort will still be on board, is initially intended to gather important experience for later operation and to create the prerequisites for the legal framework of autonomous vehicles.
HOCHBAHN has already demonstrated how an automated minibus can function in urban transport with the HEAT project in HafenCity from 2019 to 2021. The project was one of the first in the world to realise autonomous driving in local public transport on a defined route without planned intervention by driving personnel. The ALIKE project will now take the next step into on-demand operation.