Personal autonomous moving platforms


This project aims at imagining a revolution of urban mobility focused on pedestrians.

The Personal Autonomous Moving (PAM) platforms are similar to hoverboards or segways, and move from a point A (origin) to a point B (destination) on their own and carry the user with minimum interaction. They are a “light” mode of transport that does not require large space or infrastructural investment for the installation. This innovative mode of transport is ideal for short distance trip in large pedestrian facilities such as university campuses, larger business districts and airports as well as city centers.

A great advantage is the possibility to directly access elevators with PAM platforms. This could lead to a real three-dimensional mobility taking advantage of elevators already installed in buildings. A possible deployment of this system generates several scientific and technological challenges.

This six-month project is led by the Transportation and Mobility Laboratory, directed by Prof. Michel Bierlaire. TRANSP-OR focuses on the research questions that are related to the algorithms and mathematical models used by decision support tools needed for the planning and operation of the system.

Principal investigator Prof. Michel Bierlaire
Project manager Yuki Oyama
Sponsor Industrial Partner
Period 2019-20
Laboratory TRANSP-OR
Collaboration TRACE