The S3 Shared Shuttle Services Project is part of the Swedish Government’s Innovation Program “Next Generation Travel and Transport” ,and is partly financed by Vinnova through Drive Sweden. Autonomous Mobility is the operator of the service, and the project is led by the research institute RISE Viktoria.
Who is involved with the project?
Partners in the project are Autonomous Mobility, RISE Viktoria, Chalmers University of Technology, Chalmers Real Estate, Älvstranden Utveckling AB, Göteborgs Stads Parkering AB, Karlstaden Utveckling AB, Ericsson, Gothenburg City Traffic Office, Förvaltnings AB Framtiden, Gothenburg City Urban Office, Sunfleet, Volvo Cars, Härryda Municipal and Västtrafik. Read more about the different organizations here.
Is it safe to be in a self-driving shuttle?
Sensors scan the environment at 360 degrees in a radius of 60 meters, so the vehicle is very close to its surroundings. It also runs calmly and extremely cautiously, so that it can come to a complete stop well in advance of any possible collision. A common estimate is that 94% of all road accidents are caused by human behavior and mistakes, and that a shift to an ever-waking and predictable system drastically improves road safety. We want to emphasize that the authorities have given permission to drive on our specific routes, following a thorough investigation of vehicle safety and the specific site conditions. All of the partners in this project are doing their best to ensure a safe transportation pilot for you and for Gothenburg!
What does it cost to ride the shuttle?
During our pilot and testing phases, the self-driving shuttles are completely free! So we hope to see you on board soon!
Why self-driving shuttles- how are they useful?
Our hope is that for students, employees and guests at Chalmers, Johanneberg Campus, the shuttles will be a complementary way to move between highly-trafficked places on campus. More importantly, we want to give the opportunity to let everyone who wants to experience and learn more about self-driving technology, in the real world, but still under controlled conditions. Our hope is that this pilot is an early step in the direction of efficient and sustainable future transport systems, by learning more about potential and challenges with more automated and shared transport services.
How does the vehicle find its way around?
The vehicle is navigating with a variety of sensors that allow it to constantly know its position in relation to the surroundings and in the system’s saved map of the route. Learn more about the technology here.
What kind of environmental impact will these vehicles have?
Our self-driving shuttles are 100% electric and that means they are local emission-free! Besides no carbon emissions while driving, it also means they are much quieter than ordinary cars. In the long-term, self-driving and shared transportation has the potential to reduce congestion and lead to more efficiency in our transportation network.
Great, I want a ride! When will the shuttles be going?
We are in the final stages of the permit process with The Swedish Transport Agency (Transportstyrelsen). We expect the pilot to start soon!