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 demonstration has released some pictures of the demonstration held from July to September 2014.
Small- Scale demonstration reaches high expectations
At the end of the first month of the CityMobil2 demonstration inOristano, Italy organisers announce that close to a 1600 registrations have been reached. The public is required to register prior to using thevehicles for the first time and can then use the demo countless times. Hence the number of passagers is far greater than the single registrations. "I am happy to see that this first real-life exercise is a success",says CityMobil2 coordinator Adriano Alessandrini. "It paths the way to newalternative modes of collective transport and will guide the following demosand showcases held in the next months”. Oristano council representative furtherannounces that over 150 ex-post questionnaires were gathered so far, providing"valuable outputs to learn from this experience”. Results will provide valuable information to the forthcoming demonstrations in Europe.
The demo will run until the end of August 2014, before the vehicles maketheir way to La Rochelle for a large-demo this autumn.Oristano launches Small Demonstration
On July 11th,the first of the two automated vehicles provided by Robosoft for the first demoof City Mobil2 arrived at the coastal village of Torre Grande, on the westerncoast of Sardinia, 8 km from the town of Oristano. Its setup and testingstarted immediately. On the 14th also the second vehicle was delivered.On July 17 the vehicles started transporting passengers on the seafrontpromenade of Torre Grande
This is thefirst demo of the experimental part of the City Mobil 2 project, aimed attesting automated vehicles in a real-life urban environment. The partners ofthis 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 consultancy CompanyMLAb, which coordinated the experiment.
For the Oristanodemo, the seafront promenade of Torre Grande was chosen. This is apedestrianized environment, but where also bicycles and service vehiclestravel. The route is about 1.3 km long and has seven stops. At the extremitiesof the promenade, the vehicles turn around and travel back in the oppositedirection. The environment is simple yet demanding: the pedestrian traffic isintense in the evening and the service vehicles, at times, may invade thetrajectory of the automated vehicle.
The Italianlaw in force requires that a human "supervisor” is present on board and is capableof taking command of the vehicle in case of necessity. For this reason, adriver provided by the Regional public transport operator ARST, travels on thevehicle despite the automation. The supervisor has a console with which he canoverrun the automation and take control of every maneuver of the vehicle. Theoperator also provides assistance and information to the passengers as well as collectingtravel data, which will be very useful for further statistical processing.
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