Autonomous public transport systems is one step closer

Posted: 19 June 2017 | Intelligent Transport | No comments yet

Scania is one step closer to autonomous transport systems and has released a video of its self-driving autonomous bus.

Scania, a world leading provider of transport solutions, is one step close to autonomous transport systems and has released a video of its self-driving autonomous bus (below).

As yet, the line only operates on Scania’s test track but it represents the first step towards a fully autonomous public transport system.

Schedules are fed into the planning system, which automatically generates on-time departures. The bus will make stops for embarking and disembarking passengers along the way in completing its route before another on-time departure.

This is part of the company’s vision for the future of the transport industry which includes an integrated system where self-driving and electric vehicles are connected to a control tower, creating a world of mobility that is better for society, better for the environment and more profitable for businesses.

“The key word in our future scenario is ‘efficiency’,” said Claes Erixon, Head of Scania Research & Development. “We are convinced that efficiency and profitability go hand-in-hand with concerns for the environment and the development of the transport industry.

“We want to address concrete customer needs instead of convincing them of a particular solution. The main point in our future scenario isn’t about questions such as whether vehicles will be automated but rather that the system as a whole is integrated for better overall efficiency.”

To find out more about Scania’s vision of a connected future of transportation click here.


Brian Masson, Transport Consultant and Business Improvement Specialist at Multi Modal Transport Solutions Ltd

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