Meet Johan in the self-driving bus at Zealand’s university hospital, Køge
Over the next couple of months, patients, employees and guests of the University Hospital of Zealand, Køge, will be greeted by something quite unusual as they approach the nearly 400 meter long walkway from the hospital entrance.
On this stretch, a yellow self-driving bus is waiting to transport passengers free-of-charge on all weekdays from 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM. There are four stops on the route, which will benefit countless users, for whom it’s not so easy to get around on foot.
Inside the bus, you’re greeted by Johan Larsen. He is the bus operator – which means that he’ll be there for the ride to ensure that everyone has a pleasant first encounter with the new technology. Johan will lend a helping hand and show you how the bus works, as well as answer any questions you may have. He’ll also be ready to step in in case something gets in the way of the bus and human intervention is needed.
Johan was originally trained to be an operator for our pilot project in Gothenburg, but as of May 1st, he was hired as a Deployment Assistant at Autonomous Mobility. This broadly means that it is his responsibility to show up whenever technical assistance is needed in one our pilot projects. For example, he’ll be the one to solve any mechanical issues that may occur. Johan previously worked with agricultural machines in Semler Agro, where his job similarly involved traveling to any locations in need of help. With Johan on our team, our pilot projects are now even stronger and we’re equipped to solve almost any problem when it arises!
So, for the next few months, doctors, nurses and patients alike will be greeted by Johan on the yellow, self-driving shuttle bus in the University Hospital of Zealand, Køge. We’re really excited to see how the project is received and look forward to hearing what people think about the new technology.
If you want to know more about the project in Køge, you can find more information on Movia’s website: www.moviatrafik.dk/foererloes-bus