Volvo Buses has successfully conducted a live demonstration of its autonomous solution at a real working bus depot just outside of Gothenburg, Sweden.
During the demonstration, the fully-electric 12 metre autonomous bus drove itself between the parking bay and several workstations including cleaning, servicing and electric charging, before parking itself in the correct bay – all while carrying passengers.
The demonstration was conducted alongside charging partner ABB and the bus operator Keolis.
Håkan Agnevall, President of Volvo Buses, says: “Autonomous buses in depots bring new benefits such as more efficient traffic flows, higher productivity, less damages and improved safety. The industry-common charging interface OppCharge is ideally suited for autonomous charging, eliminating the need to connect power cables to the bus in the depot.”
Mats Peterson, Local Business Manager for ABB Electrification in Sweden, adds: “ABB is fully committed to building a zero emission future and sustainable public transportation is a vital part of this. We have the products and the solutions to deliver electricity from generation to the point of consumption in a safe, smart and sustainable way. ABB’s high-power electric bus chargers with automated rooftop connection enable the efficient charging of autonomous buses, and we look forward to the future of this transport innovation together with Volvo Buses.”
The event was just the latest in a number of successful demonstrations of autonomous buses carried out by Volvo Buses in recent years.