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STIMULATE: sustainable urban mobility with automated electric minibuses. A joint project conducted by the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG), the Charité university hospital in Berlin, and the Federal State of Berlin, represented by the Senate Department for the Environment, Transport, and Climate Protection. Funded by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building, and Nuclear Safety.

Driverless vehicles: a vision of the future is becoming reality. Starting in March 2018, automated vehicles powered by electric drive systems will take part in a pilot project at two locations of Berlin’s Charité university hospital – the Mitte campus and the Virchow-Klinikum campus.

The aim of the project is to explore user take-up of driverless vehicles, test the technology and its operation, develop ideas for the use of these vehicles, and help to protect the climate and the environment. The two Charité sites, with their different pedestrian (staff, students, patients, visitors), vehicle, and bicycle flows, represent ideal testing grounds for this purpose.