Testing the first driverless bus in Denmark

Challenge

The technology in the field of autonomous driving is going strong these years across all transportation modes – busses, cars, trucks, ferries etc. Movia, in collaboration with Region Zealand, Hovedstaden and Metroselskabet, is currently testing the first driverless bus in Denmark.

Approach

During the summer 2018 the first out of three test phases took place. The bus ran 65 days at Sjællands Universitetshospital, Køge, and transported ~6.000 patients and relatives between the outpatient clinics to the hospital. Epinion supported Movia with both qualitative evaluation of the user's ease of use and the users' and non-users' acceptance of the technology – to prepare for a full-scale launch.

Resolution

At this stage, the bus is considered a success both among users and owners. Evaluation of the first phase shows that users are comfortable driving with buses without a driver, but it also shows that the technology is not fully ready for operation on a larger scale due to both current governmental legislation and further improvement of selected parts of the technical solution.

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