From 3 May-1 June 2018, citizens in Gothenburg will be able to ride for free on a self-driving shuttle bus, between the main entrance of Chalmers University of Technology and the university’s library…
An autonomous bus trial in real traffic conditions is underway in Gothenburg, Sweden for the first time at the city’s Chalmers University of Technology.
The introduction of the self-driving bus to Gothenburg, the second project of its kind in Scandinavia, is to test how new, shared transport solutions can contribute to sustainable urban development.
The project is part of the Swedish government’s partnership programme, ‘Next Generation Travel and Transport‘ and is partly financed by Vinnova through Drive Sweden.
With driverless shuttle buses, the need for parking spaces is reduced and other urban spaces are opened up, improving air quality and congestion.
“We want to show that self-propelled vehicles are both safe and comfortable,” says Anne Rosa Simonsen, Communications Lead at Autonomous Mobility.
Behind the initiative is a collaboration of 15 organizations and companies related to mobility, urban development and transport. Birger Löfgren from RISE Viktoria is leading the project and commented: “These small, self-propelled buses are a completely new type of vehicle that create opportunities we have never had before. The buses can help us understand how the cities of the future can be developed with less private cars and more resource-conscious modes of transport.”