News References Interreg: Projet Terminal

Interreg: Projet Terminal

Cross-borders automated mobility  - the Greater Region in motion

Safe, environmentally conscious and flexible - these are key demands for mobility in the future. In the border region between Germany, France and Luxembourg, mobility in the work environment is a decisive factor. It must be simple, cheap and available to all. The automation and intelligent networking of road traffic plays an important role. In the project TERMINAL (Automated Electric Minibuses in Cross-Border Commuter Traffic), 15 partners from science, mobility providers and public administration work and research on the establishment of automated, electric buses in cross-border commuter traffic. The project will run from January 2019 to December 2021.

More and more employees are living further and further away from work.  Especially in the Greater Region, it is common for workers, apprentices and students are commuting cross borders. To reduce dependency on private vehicle for mobility, Terminal is investigating the framework conditions for automated traffic in the border region and will carry out a field test over several months with an automated electric shuttle integrated in the everyday traffic. As a route for the field trial, a section between the municipality Creutzwald (Moselle) and the industrial area of ​​the community Überherrn (Saarland) were selected. At the same time, data collected by non-automated buses on a route between Luxembourg and Thionville (Moselle) will be used to further develop automated driving technology. In addition, this route will be used to test Mobility-on-Demand (MoD) services. It should also be examined how technology affects people and how automated vehicles and MoD can be integrated into attractive cross-border public transport. Terminal is focused on people's concerns. On the one hand, surveys before and after the field test will investigate the attitude of users to automated traffic, while on the other hand considerations on the future of jobs in public transport will also play a role.

Terminal is an important step into the future of mobility for Saarland's Minister of Economic Affairs, Employment, Energy and Transport, Anke Rehlinger: "With 'Terminal' we are bringing movement into our trinational test field and crossing borders in several ways, because the project is a decisive step on the way to the realization of smart mobility concepts. Be it more attractive conditions for cross-border commuters, an improved organization of public transport or the contribution to climate protection through alternative propulsion: 'Terminal' is a flagship for the mobility of the future in the Greater Region.". The project embarks on the activities of the trinational digital test field Germany-France-Luxembourg for automated and networked driving. Terminal will be the first project in Europe that deals with cross-border regular traffic of automated electric minibuses and tests them in a field trial.

Prof. Thomas Bousonville, who heads the project together with Prof. Horst Wieker on the side of htw saar, is very pleased to announce the start of the project: "The project will further intensify our traditionally strong cooperation with our partners in France and Luxembourg”. Prof. Keller adds: "Apart from mobility-specific topics, communication and security challenges play an important role in the project. Uninterrupted, cross-border communication is still not self-evident.". The project has a volume of around 3 million euros and is being funded with approximately 1.8 million euros through the “Interreg VA Greater Region” program from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Lead partner of the project is the Saarland University of Applied Sciences - htw saar.

The following companies and institutions are involved in the project as operative partners: Saarland University of Applied Sciences (htw saar), Ministry of Economic Affairs, Employment, Energy and Transport of the Saarland (MWAEV), University of Kaiserslautern (TUK), University of Lorraine, University of Luxembourg - Interdisciplinary Center for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) and Utopian Future Technologies SA (UFT). They are supported by the following associated partners: Communauté de Communes Du Warndt, Département Moselle, Direction Régionale Environnement Aménagement Logement Grand-Est (DREAL), Eurodistrict Saar Moselle, Gemeinde Überherrn, Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique (INRIA), KVS GmbH, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Transport, Agriculture and Winegrowing Rheinland-Pfalz (MWVLW) and the Région Grand Est.

After the official start of the project the first personal meeting took place on 15.02.2019. The kick-off meeting at the InnovationsCampus in Saarbrücken, to which all representatives of the operative and associated partners were invited, has set the course for a successful implementation of the individual project actions.

As a first step, in the coming months, the basic conditions - both legal and technical - as well as user requirements and expectations for automated driving in the border region will be explored.

The knowledge gained from this will form the basis of the specifications for the tendering and acquisition of a corresponding shuttle bus in 2020.


The role of UFT in the Terminal project is to provide the developed software solution for testing MoD services and to adapt it to the requirements of an autonomous MoD service. UFT also acts as a partner to analyze the impact of automated vehicles and MoD on people. Here, UFT can bring in its accumulated experience from the pilot Kussbus. The aim is to integrate MoD and automated vehicles in attractive cross-border public transport.

Your press contact:

Isabelle Rösler

htw saar


Your contact at UFT:

Luc Theisen


Below is the official poster.

"Terminal Kick-Off Meeting at the HTZ of htw saar: Good mood among the representatives of the operative partners (htw saar, University of Kaiserslautern, Ministry of Economy, Labor, Energy and Transport of the Saarland, University of Lorraine, University of Luxembourg, Utopian Future Technologies SA), the strategic partner (KVS GmbH, DREAL Grand Est, Département Moselle) and the INTERREG speaker after the first working session. "

Source: htw saar.