The goal of the project is to optimize bus circulation in parking bays between trips.
Volvo has developed a self-driving electric bus. Together with transport company Keolis, Volvo has launched a project to test this new prototype. During this early stage, the self-driving feature will be used to set up bus circulation in parking bays, which will save time for drivers on waiting for their bus to be washed and prepared for their next trip.
Volvo previously tested the vehicles on special facilities. This was the first test of the autopilot conducted in real conditions, at a fully functioning parking bay.
Company representatives mentioned that it would take many years to perfect the technology to a point where driverless buses can be sent out on trips, and the exact date is yet to be disclosed.
The strategy employed by Volvo Buses is based on preparing the right transport infrastructure, starting with parking bays, to be well-prepared when autonomous buses become fully operational.
Volvo has already been granted permission to use self-driving trucks to export limestone from a quarry in Norway. However, these trips are limited to 5 km of a strictly pre-determined route.
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