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Demoiselle
A modular, autonomous, clean-energy shuttle providing a totally new experience in public transportation.
Energy Smart City Mobility
Created by Lab
In progress
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
Program director
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)

December 2018: First steering committee, with elected officials from from the Metropole present

Summer 2019: Presentation of the service to companies in La Duranne, to create a base of passengers

September 2019: First passenger service

Before end of 2019: Introduction of the first elements of automation in the service

2021: Final result of the experimentation

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