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Further steps ahead for self-driving busses


The year 2018 starts with good news for self-driving busses. The Swedish edition of The Local reported recently that the Swedish Transport Authority has given a green light for the first driverless bus line in Scandinavia. The bus will cover a 1.5km stretch of public roads in Northern Stockholm and transport 12 passengers at a speed of up to 20 km/h. The company servicing the line expects to start business in mid-January already. The Transport Agency is currently processing another seven applications for self-driving trials, and more applications are expected in 2018.

The Dutch city of Capelle aan de Ijssel is even further than that. In late December 2017, it was announced that the 2getthere company will expand its shuttle network in the Rotterdam region. The company’s ParkShuttle is the first urban driverless vehicle system in the Netherlands and has been operational since 1999. In the 17 years that have passed, more than six million passengers have used the system, which links a metro station and a business park. According to a common agreement, there will be six further driverless shuttles, which operate on roads with manual traffic. The city’s transport authority expects an increase of 20% in passenger numbers over time.

These news indicate that the development of self-driving busses in 2018 will keep pace with 2017, which has seen trials and use cases in numerous places, including Tallinn, Bavaria, and Japan.


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