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Autonomous Base Camp - ABC

(2017-2019) Autonomous Base Camp (ABC) was formed in 2017, as a mission from the Drive Sweden program office to pave the way for the market breakthrough of self-driving vehicles for shorter transportation needs. Our approach was to help cities, companies, and communities to design and set up autonomous first- and last-mile solutions in future mobility systems. The project is now concluded.

ABC – a helping hand

We engaged with organizations – both public and private – to develop feasibility studies and assist these groups with large-scale implementation projects, from the "bounce all ideas" stage, to service design, to KPI selection and evaluation, and to applying for local funding or from the EU. With our experience and broad collaboration within the shuttle market, we connected organizations with a variety of international service operators and manufacturers.

Using an applied research perspective, we assisted the launch and development of self-driving shuttle buses for passenger transport to or from work, the shopping center, campus, hospital or home. For example, two trials took place in Stockholm and Gothenburg. 

ABC – Driving Market Evolution

We ran market development workshops with manufacturers, operators, software and hardware developers and other industry leaders, roadmapping the future technology needs together and connecting the right actors to each other. We synthesized interviews and findings to develop market analyses about what the industry needed to succeed and we ran user experience studies pre- and post-vehicle exposure. We weren't just helping autonomous technology be adopted- we were tweaking and building new methods to drive its evolution.


The time for small scale implementations is over. We believe in learning by doing - and envisioning, testing and revising - in different locations throughout Sweden to learn how functionalities and benefits change for users, clients, and cities.

Would you like to know more?

ABC, led by research institute RISE, was a part of the Drive Sweden program office.
For questions, please contact team leader Sigma

This project is concluded

Read the final report here

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