Since the launching in the beginning of May 2018, the shuttle service at the Johanneberg Campus and Chalmers University of Technology, has offered the citizen’s of Gothenburg a glimpse of tomorrow’s transportation technology. This is the first leg of the Gothenburg project, where self-driving shuttle buses will increase mobility while showcasing shared and sustainable solutions for its citizens.
The project is part of the Swedish Government's innovation partnership program “The next generation travel and transport” and is partly financed by Vinnova through Drive Sweden by Lindholmen Science Park. The project is lead by the research institute RISE.
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.
"The citizens of Gothenburg will be some of the first Scandinavians to experience the benefits of self-driving technology and shared solutions. Let's rethink transportation together."
“Our hope is that this pilot is an early step in the direction of efficient and sustainable future transport systems, by learning more about potentials and challenges with more automated and shared transport services."
"We are excited to be testing the shuttle buses in mixed traffic, and it will be interesting to see how people respond to seeing us on the road."
What have we learned so far?
The shuttle bus at Johanneberg and Chalmers University of Technology, has been running in mixed traffic since the beginning of May 2018, with a little break for the summer holidays. The service has primarily been used by students and visitors of the campus and most people have 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 still running at Chalmers University, weekdays at 8:00-16:00.
Along with our partners, we are currently working on the second fase of the project - a new route at Lindholmen, which is soon to be announced. If you’re wondering why the bus has not been driving at Lindholmen yet, there are a few explanations for it.
There are challenges with the traffic and building process going on in the area, which affect how well the bus can navigate. Several of these issues are currently rapidly changing in the general Gothenburg area, which is why we have had to plan a different route than what we originally wanted.
We are currently working closely with the traffic office in Gothenburg, in order to find the appropriate route for the self-driving bus at Lindholmen. We expect to have this issue cleared up by the end of November 2018.
When the proper route is settled, we will start to “map” it. This means teaching the bus what the route looks like, so it can navigate around the area on its own. After that, we will do test-runs to make sure the bus drives according to the programming, once we welcome passengers onboard.
Read more and follow the project here: https://s3project.se/om-projektet/
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
Read more about the project at www.s3project.se and share your experiences under the hashtag #självkörandebuss!