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The first self-driving bus is on the streets of Gothenburg

The bus runs in the Chalmers campus area

The bus runs in the Chalmers campus area

Between May 3rd until June 1st, it’s free of charge to use the self-driving shuttle bus on the stretch between the main entrance of Chalmers and the university library.

“We want to demonstrate the security and comfort of self-driving vehicles,” says Anne Rosa Simonsen, Communications Lead with the bus operator Autonomous Mobility – the company in charge of the bus operation. “Making it out onto the streets and into circulation feels pretty much like a moon-landing for us.”

This project is the second of its kind in Scandinavia.

A partnership of 15 organizers and companies with connections to mobility, urban development and transportation are behind the venture. Birger Löfgren of the research institution RISE Viktoria is head of the project.

“These tiny, self-driving buses are a brand new means of transportation, paving the way for opportunities that we’ve never had before,” he says. “The buses can help us understand how to shape the cities of the future on a foundation of fewer private cars, in favour of more resource-conscious modes of transport where we travel together more frequently.”

When the four-week Chalmers project ends at the end of the summer, it will move on to Lindholmen Science Park. This is a rapidly developing innovation hub that is home to much of the development in Swedish transportation. The trial will continue here over the course of another six months.

“It’s a far-reaching and broad project that requires cooperation between the business community, research institutions and public authorities,” Birger Löfgren says. “During the trial period, we intend to carry out research projects relating to technology and user behavior, enabling us to assess the long-term gains of implementing self-driving solutions.”

Facts about the project

The project in Gothenburg is part of the Swedish government’s partnership program called ‘Next Generation of Travel and Transportation’, which is partially funded by Vinnova through Drive Sweden. Thanks to self-driving shuttle buses, the need for parking spaces will decrease and new opportunities will open up in terms of how to utilize urban areas. The goal is to test how new, shared means of transportation may contribute to sustainable urban development.

The venture is managed by the research institute RISE in cooperation with the following partners: Autonomous Mobility, Chalmers tekniska högskola, Chalmersfastigheter, Ericsson, Förvaltnings AB Framtiden, Göteborgs Stad Parkering AB, Härryda kommun, Karlastaden Utveckling AB, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Sunfleet, Stadsbyggnadskontoret, Trafikkontoret Göteborgs Stad, Volvo Cars, Västtrafik and Älvstranden Utveckling AB.

Facts about the bus

  • Model: Arma

  • Bus manufacturer: Navya

  • Top speed in Gothenburg: 20 km/hr

  • Number of passengers: 10

  • Weight: 2400 kg

  • Dimensions: 475 cm (L), 265 cm (H), 211 cm (W)

  • Driving range: Approx. 100 km or 8 hours of operation per charge.

  • Fully electric.

  • Supports sustainable development thanks to a reduced need for parking spots.

  • Currently, this bus model operates in projects in France, USA, Switzerland and Australia.

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