The biggest self-driving project in Norway is a collaboration between Oslo Municipality, the Norwegian Public Roads Administration, Ruter and Autonomous Mobility. In a near future self-driving buses could run to and from a subway station or a local center or in a hospital area, essentially connecting inner cities.
The project is an important milestone in the process of getting self-driving buses to the Oslo area. Oslo and Akershus wishes to have 0% emissions across their public transportation and this project will test if self-driving buses can support these ambitions for a sustainable public transport system.
The contract covers a three-year trial project and is an important milestone in the process of implementing autonomous buses in the Oslo area. All parties wish to learn as much as possible throughout the process and develop the project during the trial period. The end goal is for autonomous buses to be part of Ruter's regular offer in a few years.
Where are we now?
The next step is to apply for the necessary permits from the Norwegian authorities. Final routes for the project are also yet to be determined, but areas such as Sørenga, Kampen and Ås are being considered. The project aims to put the first buses into operation in the beginning of 2019.
Facts about the project
Even though the buses are considered autonomous, there will be a person on board to assist passengers, answer questions and assist the bus if driving issues arise.
Autonomous Mobility offers Ruter three bus types with seating for 10-14 passengers. In addition, we have an autonomous car that seats six passengers. What type of bus eventually arrives in Oslo will be clarified later on in the project, depending on where they will operate.