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Self-driving shuttle service trial introduced in Gothenberg

Passengers can use the autonomous electric shuttle service to connect with existing bus lines and track shuttle schedules in their travel app or on the city website.

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Autonomous shuttles manufactured by Navya will operate during office hours
Autonomous shuttles manufactured by Navya will operate during office hours

A new autonomous mobility solution is being trialled in the Swedish city of Gothenburg on behalf of local public transport authority Västtrafik.

 

Multinational transportation company Keolis will operate this new electric shuttle service which will serve industrial and residential sites over a trial period of up to five months.

 

Autonomous electric shuttles

 

Two autonomous electric shuttles manufactured by Navya will operate during office hours from Monday to Friday. They will travel on a fixed 1.8km route serving the Lindholmen Industrial and Science park – a 4 km² former shipyard that now features offices, residential and university buildings, and parking lots.

 

“We are delighted to step up our decade-long collaboration with Västtrafik and offer a new mobility solution to Gothenburg residents and visitors with this innovative, sustainable, flexible mode of transportation,” said Bernard Tabary, CEO International Keolis Group.

 

Bus passengers can use the service to connect with existing bus lines and track shuttle schedules in their travel app or on the city website. As the legislation requires, a safety operator will be present in the vehicle at all times, Keolis reports.

“We are delighted to step up our decade-long collaboration with Västtrafik and offer a new mobility solution to Gothenburg residents and visitors”

The shuttles have a maximum speed of 20 km/h and can carry up to eight passengers (normally seats up to 11 passengers but limited to eight for physical distancing due to Covid-19 restrictions). Charging takes five hours, and the vehicles can run for up to seven hours on one charge, depending on weather conditions.

 

Designed to operate in conditions including sub-zero temperatures and snow, the autonomous electric shuttle service is integrated into Sweden’s public transport network.

 

It is also part of Next Generation Travel and Transport, a government-funded initiative that includes S3 (Shared Shuttle Services) a shuttle trial programme backed by a coalition including Rise, Västtrafik and Keolis.

 

Other deployments

 

Keolis began testing autonomous electric shuttles in 2016 in Lyon, France. Since then, it has introduced services in other French cities including Paris, Rennes and Lille, as well as in the UK, the US, Canada, Australia, Monaco, Belgium and Sweden.

 

Keolis is currently trialling three autonomous vehicle brands on a closed 80-hectare test site in Châteauroux, France, to fine-tune full vehicle autonomy with no operators on board.

 

In 2020, the company teamed up with partners in Sweden to put Stockholm’s first autonomous electric vehicle through its paces, using 5G technology for remote control and supervision.

 

Keolis also partnered with Volvo in 2019 to develop and demonstrate a 12-metre-long electric bus, which was parked, washed and recharged autonomously at the Keolis depot in Gothenburg.

 

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