A research project on wheels
Many people will have seen this little vehicle travelling around Campus Valla. It is one of two autonomous buses currently being tested This research project on wheels will soon be taking up passengers.
The project has been christened “Elin”, and consists of two autonomous buses that will run along a two-kilometre route around the campus, with a planned start in the middle of November.
The two buses will take a circular route that takes 10-15 minutes to drive, depending on the number of passengers and whether the bus encounters any obstacles. This means that the frequency of the service will be approximately every 15 minutes.
The route starts at Blå havet, continues along Corson to Campushallen and then follows the bus-only street back to the start.
Eight bus stops are positioned along the route. Signs for the bus stops will be set up, and road markings painted.
The bus does not have a driver, but a customer-service agent will always be onboard, and will also monitor the driving.
Travel on the buses, which have a capacity of 10-13 passengers, will be free of charge, and they will not be part of the ordinary public transport network.
The buses are one component in a research collaboration looking at sustainable mobility within the framework for the strategic partnership between LiU and Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI). The Department of Thematic Studies – Technology and Social Change at LiU has a well-established collaboration with VIT, studying the relationship between people and transport. Other research areas involved include cognitive science and simulation.
The Elin project is a collaboration between Linköping University, VTI, Linköping Municipality, Östgötatrafiken, Science Park Mjärdevi, RISE, Transdev and Akademiska Hus.
Translated by George Farrants
Last updated: 2019-10-30