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Monaco’s innovative new autonomous electric shuttle bus is now in service throughout the Rock for residents and tourists.
The initiative is another step in Monaco’s implementation of its ‘Smart Principality’ concept developed by the #ExtendedMonaco program.
The new experimental form of transport was officially launched at a press conference on Thursday 4th July at the Ministry of State, attended by a host of dignitaries including Minister of Equipment, Environment and Urbanism Marie-Pierre Gramaglia and Frédéric Genta, Inter-ministerial Delegate for Digital Transition.
“The aim of this experiment is ultimately to reduce the use of personal cars, to develop public transport and to promote smooth travel,” said Marie-Pierre Gramaglia. “We are entering a period of learning about this mobility of the future.
“If the experiment proves conclusive, we will aim to implement the development of this mode of transport which could be a solution to mitigate the reduced number of night buses because of the induced costs or to serve areas where we can not run city buses.”
Frédéric Genta added that it is inevitable that the future of transport is in autonomy, saying they are also the safest form of mobility. “Shuttles do not drink, they do not exceed the speed limits and they don’t break the road rules! But they are also beneficial in saving space in terms of parking and reduced costs to serve new lines,” he added. “This shuttle around the Rock is not a revolution today, it is nevertheless part of an essential development in the future of transport.”
Monegasque passengers will be among the first in the world to experience autonomous buses. The service will operate on a loop of about one kilometre every 15 minutes and will include four stops: Place du Palais Princier, the Cathedral, the Oceanographic Museum and Place de la Visitation.
The architecturally exciting new home of the International University of Monaco has been officially inaugurated by H.S.H. Prince Albert II and National Council President Stéphane Valeri.
A new photo book paying tribute to the 126 people who work behind the scenes at the Prince’s Palace and his private home, Roc Agel, has been released.
Prince Albert has joined a gathering of the entire Red Cross Movement in Geneva for a conference under the theme: ‘Acting today to shape the world of tomorrow’.
Monaco now has four new Ambassadors from Belarus, Malayia, Mali and the European Union.
As part of the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the RAMOGE cross-border agreement, an anti-pollution exercise was conducted on April 27 to demonstrate and maintain the expertise of the three signatory states, the Principality of Monaco, France and Italy…
The scenario involved a ‘collision’ off Menton between two ships, resulting in an oil spill, the activation of crisis centres in the three countries and the initiation of the RAMOGEPOL emergency plan. Each national authority was able to measure the effectiveness of its own implementation, and in particular coordination with CEPPOL, the oil-spillage authorities. More info: www.ramoge.org. Exercice de lutte antipollution RAMOGEPOL 2016
Dans le cadre de la célébration du 40e anniversaire de l'Accord RAMOGE, un exercice antipollution a été réalisé en mer le 27 avril 2016. Il visait à démontrer et entretenir le savoir-faire des trois Etats signataires, la Principauté de Monaco, la France et l'Italie.
Le scénario prévoyait une collision au large de Menton entre deux navires, entraînant un déversement d'hydrocarbures, l'activation des centres de crise des trois pays et le déclenchement du plan RAMOGEPOL. Chaque autorité nationale a pu ainsi mesurer la mise en place de ses propres moyens et la coordination avec le Centre d'Expertise Pratique de Lutte Antipollution (CEPPOL).