In the framework of a pilot project, the region of Flanders, the public bus operator De Lijn and Brussels airport are joining forces to introduce automated solutions to transport passengers from and to the airport of the Belgian Capital. First driverless vehicles will operate in 2018.
The three organisations announced that driverless busses will be implemented in 2018 in order to contribute to transporting some of the 60,000 daily passengers and 20,000 employees to and from the airport and also within the airport. The objectives of the involved organisations is to transport 250 passengers per hour and per direction. Automated shuttles are therefore seen as a complementary offer to major existing transport solutions. The automated option is envisaged as a cost-effective and accessible service to complete the so-called "last-mile".
At the moment, partners are considering the best options for the reservation system. The name of the constructor will be announced in mid-2016 and the automated shuttles are expected to be operating on public roads to and from the airport and on the internal roads of the airport in 2018.