Autonomous Mobility has announced the second phase of the tests with self-driving buses in Gothenburg. For six months, two buses will be driving at Lindholmen, where Sweden’s tallest building Karlatornet, is being built.
“Self-driving buses can be a good solution in regards to the challenges with traffic we experience in our ever more populated cities, and at the same time build the foundation for a new and more sustainable city development,” said Oscar Enerbäck from the research institute RISE, the project lead.
The first part of the project with self-driving buses in Gothenburg, was in operation last year at Chalmers Technical University. It is now continuing in and around Karlastaden and Lindholmen Science Park.
Around 25.000 people travel through this area every day: employees at international companies and national authorities, students, scientists and residents. The area is expanding a lot and this means even more people will be in this part of the city. The urban development is taking up more and more space and parking areas are disappearing.
“In a sustainable community, public transport must be prioritized and parking for cars shouldn’t be closer than the nearest bus stop. With the project we want to show how self-driving buses are a good solution for the first/last part of a journey,” said Oscar Enerbäck.
The self-driving buses are free to use. During the testing period, which lasts six months, prices for parking in the area will also be reduced, in order to encourage motorists to park there and take the shuttle for the last part of their journey.
“We know that the privately owned car is important for a lot of people, in order to make their everyday life run smoothly,” said Maria Stenström, CEO of Göteborgs Stads Parkering AB. “When parking spaces are reduced in the city, self-driving buses that transports our customers from a more remote parking area and into the city, will be a good supplement, which heightens the accessibility in the city.”
“We will continue to show that self-diving vehicles are safe and comfortable,” said Peter Sorgenfrei, CEO at Autonomous Mobility. “This project will also give us the opportunity to learn even more about how the buses operate in mixed traffic.”
The project in Gothenburg is part of the Swedish governments programme ”Nästa generations resor och transporter” and is partly funded by Vinnova through Drive Sweden.
First part of the project in the Chalmers area, consisted of a total on 1.500 shuttle departures from the beginning of May, until the end of December last year. A survey conducted during the project, 69% of the participants said that they found the shuttles both useful and effective.