Eindhoven in the Netherlands is a high-tech center with enormous potential. Some see it as the potential successor of Silicon Valley. Core competence is not software, but hardware. ASLM is the de facto global monopolist of machines that produce micro-chips. Everybody has heard of Intel, AMD, Samsung, Apple, HP and what not, but ASML is the technological real deal.
According to a global university ranking from Singapore, the Technical University Eindhoven meanwhile ranks #5, world-wide. It is obvious that a project needs to be initiated that underlines the new prominent high-tech status of the Eindhoven “Brainport” region.
The province of Noord-Brabant, where Eindhoven is situated, has the ambition to create an autonomous driving public transport facility, The Brainport Line, connecting all the rapidly growing high-tech R&D campuses: High Tech Campus, ASML Campus, Eindhoven Airport, Brainport Industrie Campus, Philips Health Care Campus, Technical University and Eindhoven center train station, with autonomous driving busses:
Initially, the buses will drive on their own free lanes. The project should become operational by the end of this decade. Participants in the project are: automotive campus Helmond, chipmanufacturer NXP, the VDL-group, DAF, Siemens, TNO and the Technical University Eindhoven. The final decision for a go-ahead is still pending, depending on a decision by the Dutch government about how they are going to allocate 20 billion euro on sustainable projects. The Brainport project, costing 1 billion, has made it into the final round. Eindhoven can point at the export potential for the region of complete autonomous public transportation systems, centered around manufacturing company VDL.
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