Sweden to trial autonomous buses on regular routes

Nobina and Scania pioneer full-length autonomous buses in Sweden

Sweden to trial autonomous buses on regular routes. Source: unsplash.com

Scania and Nobina, the largest public transport operator in the Nordic countries, will collaborate to commence trials of autonomous buses on regular routes in the Stockholm area.

The technology is now sufficiently mature to initiate trials in actual bus operations on public roads, making the project one of the first of its kind in Europe with buses this size. The project will provide a wealth of information in the further development of large autonomous buses before a full-scale introduction
Karin Rådström, Head of Buses and Coaches, Scania

The trials will be conducted in two stages, initially without passengers before welcoming commuters onboard. Safety being a top priority throughout the trials, the buses will have a safety-driver to monitor operations and assist passengers.

The two Scania Citywide LF electric buses will connect the rapidly expanding new residential area Barkarby, approximately 20 kilometres from downtown Stockholm, with a nearby metro station. The buses will be in service along a new dedicated 5-kilometre route with four stops. Initially, approximately one kilometre is planned to be driven autonomously. During the second phase of the trials, it is expected that around 300 passengers will make daily use of this service.

Traffic and control systems for the autonomous buses will be jointly managed by Scania and Nobina.

The development project has already started and the trial period is planned to begin in 2020.

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