The Municipality of Oristano lies on the western coast of Sardinia. It has a surface of ca. 85 sq. km and a slowly growing population of 32 156 inhabitants. Overall commuter trips are 25 689 nearly half of which are internal; 44% originate outside the municipal area of Oristano; while 7.2% (1 848 trips) start in Oristano and end in a different municipality. Oristano has set up an office for developing and overseeing the implementation of the Urban Mobility Plan of Oristano. Oristano took part in the "European Mobility Week 2011” to promote a different use of the public space normally dedicated to motorise vehicles and with the aim of encouraging citizens to use alternative means of transport.
Oristano's small-scale demonstration
On July 11th, the first of the twoautomated vehicles provided by Robosoft for the first demo of City Mobil2 arrived at the coastal village of TorreGrande, on the western coast of Sardinia, 8 km from the town of Oristano. Itssetup and testing started immediately. On the 14thalso thesecond vehicle was delivered. On July 17 the vehicles started transportingpassengers on the seafront promenade of Torre Grande.
This is the first demo of the experimental partof the City Mobil 2 project, aimed attesting automated vehicles in a real-lifeurban environment.
For Oristano’s demonstration, the seafrontpromenade of Torre Grande was chosen. This last is a pedestrianized environmentwhere also bicycles and service vehicles travel. The route is about 1.3 km longand has seven stops. At the extremities of the promenade, the vehicles turnaround and travel back in the opposite direction. The environment is simple yetdemanding: the pedestrian traffic is intense in the evening and the servicevehicles, at times, may invade the trajectory of the automated vehicle. Thepartners of this demo are the Municipality of Oristano, which provided the infrastructureand logistic support, the Regional public transport operator ARST which managedthe operation of the service, and the transport planning consultancyCompanyMLAb, which coordinated the experiment.
The Italian law in force requires that a human"supervisor” is present on board and is capable of taking command of thevehicle in case of necessity. For this reason, a driver provided by theRegional public transport operator ARST, travels on the vehicle despite theautomation. The supervisor has a console with which he can overrun theautomation and take control of every maneuver of the vehicle. The operator alsoprovides assistance and information to the passengers as well as collecting traveldata, which will be very useful for further statistical processing.
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- Type: Small-scale
- Dates: July – September 2014
- Vehicles: Robosoft Robucity
- Route length: 1,3 km
- Number of trips: 781
- Distance covered: 1,836 km
- Number of passengers: 2,327
Oristano hosted the first CityMobil2demonstration. The vehicles operated among pedestrians and cyclists.
Oristano Press Release. May 2014 (Italian)
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