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To meet today's challenges regarding technology development in relation to existing rules and laws, public and private actors need to see each other's perspectives to find sustainable solutions. The purpose of the project is to explore the challenge in experimental activities for self-driving transport services.

Today there is a strong political will to enable trials with self-driving vehicles on public roads and since 2017 there is a regulation that regulates the experimental licenses. How the actors interpret, implement and manage the permit process in practice varies to a large extent depending on who is searching, with which system the experiments are to be performed and where the experiments are planned to be performed. At the same time, the applicants often represent an agile culture that goes against the regulations for public administration.

The purpose of the PLATT project is to harmonize the view of the permit process for road trials for automated transport services and to develop the possibilities of scaling up the experimental activities. The experiments will be carried out in the form of a policy lab where newly developed automation technology will be tested in real environments and evaluated in relation to the permit process.

The project studies two practical cases, handled by two different vehicle developers who will compile each one's license application for the implementation of road trials. These cases should be described through three work packages:

  1. conduct an analysis of how freight transport can be automated and the relation to existing laws and regulations
  2. produce the application for experiments with automated transport systems and then carry out these. The first part of the practical experiments is also part of the PLATT project, since the permits during continuous trials should be adaptable to include more complex traffic situations.
  3. evaluate the application process, the cooperation between stakeholders and disseminate conclusions. The insights from the two case studies are reflected in a larger constellation where logistics actors and vehicle developers with similar needs participate together with public actors at local and national level. This is to make the results and recommendations of the studies as general and relevant as possible.

Time period:
October 2018 – october 2019

Björn Enqvist
Combitech AB
Phonenumber: 0734 374 066

Project partners
Combitech AB, Einride AB, RISE AB, Volvo Technology AB