First self-driving bus in operation at Chalmers

​For four weeks, anyone interested can take free rides with a minibus running between Chalmers main entrance and the university library at campus Johanneberg. Gothenburg's first self-driving bus is now operating at Chalmers University of Technology.
​The four weeks at Chalmers is the first test period in a project led by the research institute Rise. The self-driving bus runs on electricity, is silent and emission-free, qualities which may open for new types of urban development.
 
“I am, of course, very pleased that the first self-driving bus in Gothenburg is being tested here at Chalmers,” says Alf-Erik Almstedt, professor at the Department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences and strategic project leader of Chalmers part of the project.
 
“We are really looking forward to seeing how the bus is received, and hope that both Chalmers employees, students and the public are keen to try a way of traveling that most people still haven’t experienced.”
 
The aim of the test period is to study technology and user behaviour, in order to assess the potential of self-driving vehicles. The tests will provide a better understanding of the possibilities for future city development, with less use of private cars, more energy-efficient transports and shared vehicles.
 
Having finished the first test period, the project will move across the river to Lindholmen this autumn, for another six months of test driving.
 
Behind the venture lies a partnership of fifteen organizations and companies with interest in mobility and transport. The project is part of the Swedish government’s cooperation program “The Next Generation Travel and Transport” and is partly funded by Vinnova through Drive Sweden.

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FACTS: Take a self-driving bus ride at Chalmers
The bus runs weekdays from 8:00 to 16:00 during the period 3 May - 1 June
Route: Chalmersplatsen - Johanneberg Science Park - Chalmers Library
The ride is free of charge, no ticket required
 
FACTS: About the bus
Model: Arma
Bus manufacturer: Navya
Max speed in Gothenburg: 20-25 km / h
Number of passengers: 11 seated, 4 standing, one operator
Weight: 2,400 kg
Size: 475 cm long, 265 cm high, 211 cm wide
Range: about 10 miles or 8 hour’s drive
Can go forwards as well as backwards
The bus runs on electricity and navigates using the satellite navigation system gps and a radar-like method, lidar, that uses laser pulses instead of microwave pulses
The bus model currently operates in Detroit, Lyon, Sion and Las Vegas
 
FACTS: About the project
The project S3 – Shared Shuttle Service is part of the government’s co-operative program “The next generation’s travel and transport” and is mainly financed by Vinnova through Drive Sweden. The project is led by the research institute Rise.
Partners: Autonomous Mobility, Chalmers University of Technology, Chalmersfastigheter, Ericsson, Förvaltnings AB Framtiden, Göteborgs Stads Parkering AB, Härryda kommun, Karlastaden Utveckling AB, Rise Research Insititutes of Sweden, Sunfleet, City Planning Authority and Urban Transport Administration City of Gothenburg, Volvo Cars, Västtrafik and Älvstranden Utveckling AB.
 

Published: Thu 03 May 2018. Modified: Fri 04 May 2018