Specifications for the fully automated vehicles for the demonstrations are being devised together by the system suppliers and other partners. Two of the five system suppliers will ultimately be selected to supply the vehicles.
The European Commission has funded numerous projects on cybercars and advanced urban mobility since the early 2000's. These projects have put Europe at the forefront of the new urban mobility technologies with several companies active worldwide. Five of these companies are now engaged in CityMobil2 to deliver vehicles to be demonstrated in five European cities for six months over the next five years. Two companies will be selected to deliver a fleet of at least six automated vehicles each. CityMobil2 partners are now preparing the specifications for the vehicles and the infrastructure ensuring interoperability. The selection of the two companies will be based on the quality of the proposed system and its ability to meet these specifications (including costs).
The vehicles to be tested in the CityMobil2 Project are cybercars, meaning fully automatic vehicles forming, with the infrastructure, a local public automated road transportation system working on-demand, in the same fashion as an elevator. The vehicles will be allowed to run in dedicated areas of the city: pedestrian areas, car parks, private sites such as a hospital or a campus or on dedicated lanes (such as bus lanes when they are not in use). Due to current legislation and technological developments, it is not possible at the moment to mix these fully automated vehicles with the usual traffic. However, the project is also looking how integration aspects can influence and modify the current legislation to relax these constraints.