Course - Planning Automation for Better Public Transport

Learn how to effectively plan an automated vehicle strategy and deploy Europe-leading pilots with this combined coaching, training and consultation course for mobility managers.

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These trainings are supported by EIT Urban Mobility, an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union.

Planning Automation for Better Public Transport is the only AV course in Europe designed for senior mobility managers to prepare an action-oriented plan for automated vehicle implementation.


Get the skills and assessment
you need to lead AV implementation

We’ve designed the Planning Automation course to be highly practical. The sessions will cut out countless hours of dead-end planning meetings with a focussed course towards an actionable strategy, a local feasibility study, and a network that can implement your ambitions.

2 x Guided strategy workshops

In small, focussed sessions of 5 senior mobility managers, you will learn the state of the art for automation in public transport and understand its potential to transform your local operations.

A co-developed local feasibility scan

Through coaching and workshop sessions you will build and refine a feasibility scan for automation. Take the scan back to your office to ignite conversations on AV.

1 x Tailored coaching session

A dedicated 2-hour session tailored to your needs and focussing on your local context. Coaching is be 1-on-1, allowing you and an AV expert to focus only on your local context

Lessons from Europe's biggest AV projects

Learn from instructors with first-hand experience on some of the EU’s most advanced AV projects - including ULTIMO, SHOW, and Planning for Autonomous Vehicles.

Bringing 5+ years of AV experience

to a tailored 10-hour course

We recently finished project managing Planning for Autonomous Vehicles, a €4m European project. We felt that more transport operators could benefit from the lessons we learnt across 4 years in a targetted 10 hour course. That’s why we started Accelerating Autonomous Vehicles for Better Transport.

Giel Mertens
AV Consultant and Course Convenor

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What to expect

Our courses are lean, personalised, and directed towards yours needs for sensible long-term strategy practical implementation. You'll learn the key information you need to make informed decisions on AV. You'll return to your organisation empowered to lead a future-proof mobility strategy.

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Session Plan

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Group Strategy Workshop #1

The first group strategy workshop will focus on getting you up to speed on all you need to know to make informed AV decisions. You will first learn a comprehensive account of the current state of AV in Europe, told without the hype. We will then introduce you to the most promising future use cases we have identified through deploying more than 10 AV demonstrators across Europe. Finally, we will take you through the deployment process for AV, highlight the important mistakes to avoid from our experiences.

Objective: By the end of this session, you will understand the state of the market and future use case potential for AV.

1-on-1 Coaching Session

Coaching is focussed on actionable outcomes. Sitting with an experience AV practitioner, you will co-develop a feasibility scan for your area of operations. After presenting your areas of interest, your instructor will guide you through the factors you will need to consider when deciding if and where to deploy – from the financials, service quality implications, and social acceptances. 

Objective: By the end of the session, your instructor will have enough information to provide you with a feasibility scan report you can take back to your organisation.

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Group Strategy Session #2

In the final session, you will grow your confidence discussing and pitching your AV plans within your organisation. You will have the chance to present the feasibility scan you have developed through coaching, gaining valuable feedback from peers and practitioners.

Objective: By the end of this session, you will be able to confidently articulate the case for AV in your transport operations. 


Meet your instructors

Giel Mertens

Giel is a senior mobility advisor specialising in autonomous vehicle planning. He is project management lead on the €4m EU project “Planning for Autonomous Vehicles” (PAV).

Christian Riester

Christian is a senior mobility advisory specialising in autonomous vehicle operations. He is the co-founder of autonomous mobility service provider Pendel Mobility, which deployed the first autonomous vehicle on public roads in Barcelona.


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