Volvo Buses demonstrates electric autonomous solution for bus depot

Volvo Buses has shown the potential of autonomous buses in a depot with a live demonstration, held together with bus operator Keolis, at a Keolis’ bus depot near Gothenburg in Sweden. During the demonstration, the fully-electric autonomous 12m bus successfully drove itself between the parking bay and several workstations including cleaning, servicing and electric charging, before parking itself in the correct bay – all while carrying passengers.

“This marks a very important step in our autonomous journey as we now have successfully shown the commercial benefits an autonomous solution can deliver in a bus depot,” said Håkan Agnevall, President of Volvo Buses. “Autonomous buses in depots bring new benefits such as more efficient traffic flows, higher productivity, less damages and improved safety.”

The demonstration event was just the latest in a number of successful demonstrations of autonomous buses carried out by Volvo Buses. This was one of the first to take place in a real bus depot – one of the areas that Volvo believes offers the greatest potential for automation.

“We are still many years away from seeing fully-autonomous buses on public roads, but since bus depots are confined areas with predictable and repetitive traffic flows, we see autonomous buses being used there much sooner,” said Mr Agnevall. “Working together with Keolis has given us this unique opportunity to test an autonomous bus in real conditions and will help us drive the development of autonomous solutions forward.”

Source: Motor Trader E-Magazine (Dec 2019/Jan 2020)

19 Dec 2019

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