"In the cities of the future, you want to remove car traffic and build parking garages on the outskirts. It will be harder to get to work and home. Autonomous vehicles can then be useful for transporting people," says Birger Löfgren, project manager at RISE Viktoria, who is responsible for the project in the Gothenburg region.
At the moment, the process of getting all permits is on-going, but if everything goes as planned autonomous buses will also be tested in traffic at Lindholmen and at Chalmers in Johanneberg in the spring. During one day in May, the minibus will also be in place in Mölnlycke.
The project is led by RISE Viktoria and brings together urban developers, business, academia and the public sector to jointly design and try new mobility solutions. Chalmers, Volvo Cars and Västtrafik are some partners.
It is a project within one of the five national innovation partnership programs that the government launched and finances, in order to meet several major social challenges. Drive Sweden, is leading the task at national level.