The second phase of the pilot project in Gothenburg launched in Lindholmen Science Park on April 24th, and will be running for the next six months. Around 25.000 people travel through this area every day: employees at international companies and national authorities, students, scientists and residents. The area is expanding a lot and this means even more people will be coming in and out of this part of the city. Urban development is taking up more and more space and parking areas are disappearing - which is where this project plays in.
The project will have two self-driving buses, running a free shuttle service from Polstjärnegatan, down Stenbocksgatan, Gamla Ceresgatan, Plejadgatan, Lärdomsgatan, Diagonalen and back again. At one end of the route is a parking area, where the monthly parking permit fee has been halved during the pilot project, in order to encourage motorists to park there and take the shuttle for the last part of their journey. This will hopefully reduce the amount of cars that travel into the city centre, leaving the urban space more open and less congested.
The project in Gothenburg is part of the Swedish governments programme ”Nästa generations resor och transporter” (ed: Next generation’s travels and transport) and is partly funded by Vinnova through Drive Sweden.
Phase one at Chalmers University of Technology
First part of the project in the Chalmers area, consisted of a total on 1.500 shuttle departures in mixed traffic, from the beginning of May, until the end of December last year. In a survey conducted during the project, 69% of the participants said that they found the shuttles both useful and effective.
The service was primarily been used by students and visitors of the campus and most people found it to be a safe and comfortable journey. A survey on user acceptance and perception showed that 9 out of 10 passengers were satisfied with the self-driving shuttle service.
Birger Löfgren, project manager at RISE Viktoria said that, “despite the obvious and deliberate constraints of this bus’ technology – i.e. how fast and how complicated routes it can drive - the results show that people think it meets the real needs”. We have also enjoyed testing the bus in a challenging environment with road work, house construction work, cars, bikes and pedestrians, and we can conclude that the bus has been able to handle many of these situations so far.
Where is the project now?
The project is currently running at Lindholmen Science Park, weekdays between 7:00-18:00.
After the launch on April 24th, we have begun daily operations at Lindholmen, where we are getting to know the area and the people who travel through it. Our operators are sending feedback to us every day and we are keeping up with how the shuttle service is being received.
Partners: Autonomous Mobility, Chalmers University of Technology, Chalmersfastigheter, Ericsson, Förvaltnings AB Framtiden, Göteborgs Stad Parkering AB, Härryda kommun, Karlastaden Utveckling AB, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Sunfleet, Stadsbyggnadskontoret and Trafikkontoret Göteborgs Stad, Volvo Cars, Västtrafik and Älvstranden Utveckling AB. Autonomous Mobility operates the self-driving service.
Press coverage of the project.
Video of the very first ride with passengers: https://www.nyteknik.se/play/tuff-miljo-for-ny-sjalvkorande-buss-6912860
Jannie Andersen, Marketing Coordinator at Autonomous Mobility, firstname.lastname@example.org, +45 31 71 22 91
Oscar Enerbäck, Project Manager at RISE Viktoria, email@example.com, +46 704 89 30 58
Maria Stenström, CEO at Göteborgs Stadsparkerings AB, firstname.lastname@example.org, +46 31-774 37 41
Read more: www.självkörandeGBG.nu