Together on the road
Since 2016, a unique pilot project has been taking place in the Dutch Province of Gelderland with the WEpod, the first autonomous vehicle on Dutch roads. Self-driving vehicles are the future because they have the potential to be more sustainable, safer and more efficient. RES is part of the WEpod project team that also includes employees from TU Delft, Spring Innovation Management, Robot Care Systems, Mapscape and Konnekt.
WURBY en WELLY
The WEpods that are being tested in Wageningen are called WURby and Welly and are mainly being tested for research purposes. The WEpod partnership between companies, the government and research institutions will bring autonomous driving a step closer. This is a pilot phase and will not result in a fully operational system.
Fully in control
Autonomous vehicles often raise eyebrows; however, passengers in a WEpod can always contact the operator in the control room. Via camera images, the operator can see what is happening in and around the vehicle remotely. The operator also monitors certain critical points in the route and can see what’s going on if the vehicle stops during its journey. The connection between the control room and the vehicle is through 4G broadband and through multiple channels based on national roaming.
WEpod & RES
The WEpod project is an excellent example of how RES both works and cooperates on robotic solutions for both now and the future. Together with partners from the scientific world, education, government and business, who each contribute their own knowledge and expertise to the development of a Last Mile Solution with great possibilities. Not only for passengers, but maybe also for parcel delivery. And not just in Ede-Wageningen, but maybe soon worldwide.
WEpod – Technical specifications
- 6-person cabin, with automatic door and a sliding platform for wheelchair use. If it is not used by a wheelchair, it offers room for 6 people to stand.
- Height 275 cm, width 199 cm, length 393 cm, turning circle 5 metres.
- Maximum speed of 40 km/hr (not faster than 25 km/hr during the pilot project).
- Electric drive with a range of approx. 100 km.
- Charging via a conventional connector (manual connection).
- Basic heating and air-conditioning (related to energy use).