Cities in the future will benefit from digitalization and new technologies by making them smarter and more sustainable, thereby improving and simplifying way of life. Efficient public transport that is accessible to many is an essential part of a smart city. Autonomous electric buses can help meet the demand for such a transport system.
This pilot project will deploy and test 5G-connected, remote-monitored self-driving minibuses at Royal Djurgården in Stockholm. The 5G network's unique technical features, including extremely high data speeds combined with low latency, means that the connected buses can respond in real time to commands from the centralized control tower, a prerequisite for safely remote controlled vehicles and an important step to be able to move the driver from the bus the control tower.
Urban ICT Arena leads the initiative with Keolis as bus operator. Ericsson provides the technical solution for the connected control tower. Telia delivers the 5G-connectivity in collaboration with Ericsson.
The goal of the project
The goal is to explore how a system with 5G-connected vehicles, which are monitored by a control tower remotely, can help facilitate the safe introduction of self-driving, electric vehicles in more complex and demanding urban areas with passengers on board.
The technology being used
Some of the technology used in the project include state of the art self-driving technology, control tower functionality and 5G-connectivity.
The project is backed by Vinnova and Drive Sweden.