On Tuesday 6 November, Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne, accompanied by SNCF Chairman Guillaume Pepy and Thierry Le Guilloux, Chairman of Viia, a freight operator and subsidiary of France’s national railway company, unveiled a new rolling motorway. The fourth to be launched in France, it is one of the longest, covering 1,150 kilometres and connecting Calais in northern France with Turin in Italy.
Handling city traffic, crossroads and roundabouts is the objective set by the manufacturer Lohr and its partner, the transport operator Transdev, for the new i-Cristal autonomous shuttle. This vehicle, showcased at the InnoTrans trade fair, will shortly be tested in Paris-Saclay.
While the Government prepares its umpteenth plan to revive rail freight, whose modal share has halved since 1990, the Lohr Group has spent several years developing a unique piggyback solution in France: the Lohr Railway System. Its added bonus? The specially designed horizontal loading of standard semi-trailers.
The i-Cristal driverless, trackless electric shuttle was inaugurated on Monday 10 September. Autonomous and capable of navigating in a city environment, i-Cristal also offers wheelchair access.
On Monday 10 September 2018, the Lower Rhine manufacturer Lohr and the mobility operator Transdev presented the fruit of their joint project, the autonomous electric vehicle, “i-Cristal”. Two road tests were announced for the end of the year.
Is i-Cristal tomorrow’s mode of transport? Jean-François Argence answers all of our questions on LOHR New Mobilities.