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Demoiselle
A modular, autonomous, clean-energy shuttle providing a totally new experience in public transportation.
Energy Smart City Mobility
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Demoiselle car
Objective
The Demoiselle project aims to develop a public transport solution between the Aix-en-Provence TGV station and the Aix La Duranne business park.
Started
June 2018
Project lead
Nadia Trainar
Urban Studies and Local Experiments
Nadia Trainar
Jonathan Blaise
Lab Project Manager
Jonathan Blaise
Project details

The Demoiselle project explores solutions for mobility in zones that aren’t served by traditional collective transport: "last mile" service in diffuse urban areas.

This collective project specifically aims to develop a public transport solution between the Aix-en-Provence TGV station and the Aix La Duranne business park (where thecamp is located), taking the form of an autonomous, clean-energy shuttle, with three main goals:

  1. Reimagine the passenger experience to improve the attractiveness of public transportation.
  2. Reduce the environmental impact of trips, by using clean energy, limiting use of personal cars and using existing infrastructure.
  3. Bring partners together to co-construct a solution: the Demoiselle project brings together the Aix-Marseille-Provence Metropolitan Area, industrial companies, research institutes, entrepreneurs and students.

At the end of the 3-year experiment, the goal is to integrate this solution into the metropolitan network, and to replicate it in other local areas, and in other regions or countries.

The project is cofinanced by the French government as part of the national fund for regional planning (Fonds national pour l'aménagement du territoire).

July 2017: Ideas workshop with partners

June 2018: Signature of the project management contract by the Aix-Marseille-Provence Metropolitan Area and thecamp

July 2018: Multi-partner launch workshop

July 2018: Creation of the project assocation, “thecamp - demoiselle”

September 2018: Launch of the first studies (automation, calculations)

September 2018: Registration of the “demoiselle” trademark

March 2019: First passenger service

September 2019: Introduction of the first elements of automation in the service

2021: Final result of the experimentation

Nadia Trainar
Urban Studies and Local Experiments
Nadia Trainar
Jonathan Blaise
Lab Project Manager
Jonathan Blaise

Aix-Marseille-Provence Metropolitan Area

  • Roland Blum, Vice President of the Metropolitan Mobility, Movement and Transport delegation, deputy mayor of Marseille
  • Guy Barret, Metropolitan Council member, Vice President of the Pays d'Aix Local Council, transport organization, mobility coordination and waste reduction and management delegation member and Mayor of Coudoux
  • Jérôme Orgeas, Metropolitan Council member, Vice President of the Metropolitan Council, digital technologies and technology parks delegation member and Mayor of Roquefort-la-Bédoule 
  • Joëlle Couturier, Deputy Director, Department of forecasting, project studies, scheduling, general management of studies and strategy, deputy general management of mobility, movement, transport, public space and roads
  • Michel Gonzalez, Market researcher for transport, forecasting and innovation, Department of forecasting, project studies, scheduling, general management of studies and strategy, deputy general management of mobility, movement, transport, public space and roads

 

Arbois-Méditerranée Technology Park

Christophe Garric, Director of Planning and Technical Services

 

Artelia

Rémi Tempier, Head of Water and Transport Infrastructure Department

 

PAAP

Bernard Curnier, President of the PAAP Association

 

City of Aix-en-Provence

Céline Le Ny, Director of the General Secretariat

 

SNCF

Barbara Sander, Station Manager, Aix-en-Provence TGV station

 

RATP

Véronique Berthault,  Autonomous Transport Program Director

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