Gothenburg, SE is piloting AVs
Headquarters to the Volvo Group since its founding in 1927, Gothenburg’s fortunes have long been rooted in the automotive industry. The latest turn in this long partnership is DriveMe, an AV pilot led by Volvo Cars (a separate company sold to China’s Geely group in 2010). This research effort involves 100 families, selected in consultation with local university experts and the Swedish Transport Administration, which will receive Level 4 Volvo hybrid SUVs. The pilot hopes to shed light on key assumptions about the benefits, infrastructure requirements, safety, and public perception of private AVs. Following negotiations stretching back to 2013, a 31 mile (50 km) loop of highways linking downtown and outlying suburbs is designated for the tests, which it considers the beginning of a “long transition period when AVs and conventional vehicles will co-exist”.
Two future pilots planned for 2018 will employ Navya driverless shuttles for transit access on the campuses of Chalmers University and Lindholmen Science Park, in partnership with RISE Viktoria, a transportation research institute.
2017-11-20: Gothenburg publishes two use cases for AVs it will study as part of the EU-funded CoEXist project: operating in shared spaces with cyclists and pedestrians and the use of AVs during construction projects that disrupt street networks. Link
2017-12-14: Gothenburg’s City Planning Office announces a year-long study on AVs to help inform the city’s long-term sustainability goals. Link