Invitation to FABULOS Open Market Consultation & Survey

  • mobility

The FABULOS (Future Automated Bus Urban Level Operation Systems) project focuses on how cities can use automated buses in a systematic way. The goal is to procure the operations of an autonomous bus line.

The FABULOS consortium warmly welcomes you to the Open Market Consultation events held in Helsinki on 26 April and in Brussels on 14 May 2018. Additionally, two webinars are held on 10 April and 22 May 2018. 
The FABULOS Project focuses on how cities can use self-driving minibuses in a systematic way. Six partnering cities are collectively procuring the operations of an automated bus line. Companies can receive up to 5.5 million euros to support their R&D work in developing systems capable of operating fleets of automated minibuses.
The aim of the Open Market Consultation is to gain market insight on state of the art and future developments in the field of automated mini-buses. In order to achieve this, the tender specifications need to be refined and repositioned in cooperation with the procurers, potential suppliers, bus manufacturers and other specialists in the fields of automated vehicles and urban public transport.
Open Market consultation events:
Surveys for procurers and suppliers are open 3-17 April.
Two Open Market Consultation related surveys will be opened on 3 April 2018. One is targeted for the potential suppliers and another for the potential procurers. The input of suppliers as well as procurers is crucial to the FABULOS Consortium since it enables to shape the request for tender. Surveys also contribute to defining the evaluation criteria of the pre-commercial procurement process. 
Please follow this link to fill in the questionnaire (survey open 3–17 April 2018):
The results of the surveys will be published in the Open Market Consultation Summary Report available on the FABULOS website by end of June 2018.

FABULOS Call for tenders launched in September 2018
On 1 September 2018, an international request for tender will be launched to acquire systems capable of operating fleets of automated minibuses within urban areas. All companies or consortia can apply, with the provision that at least 50% of the R&D needs to take place in the EU or Associated Countries.

When the request for tender is closed, the Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) process will be executed in three phases, ending in September 2020. The first phase is a feasibility study of the selected technologies and proposals. Then, the most promising concepts will be developed into well-defined prototypes and lab-tested in phase two. The third phase aims to verify and compare the first end products in real-life situations. An objective of the FABULOS project is to have the final selected prototypes tested as small fleets of automated buses in Estonia, Finland, Greece, the Netherlands, Norway and Portugal.

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