City pilots edge Sweden closer to autonomous buses

Private tests are vital for validation purposes, but may not offer the insight that public authorities are looking for, writes Freddie Holmes

Autonomous vehicles (AVs) are often seen as private pods that can ferry riders around in privacy. But a far more likely use case at this stage is the autonomous bus, an existing concept that would simply remove the presence of a driver behind the wheel. Various tests have taken place around the world, and particularly in Western Europe. In Sweden, public transport operator Nobina has been working closely with public officials to deploy a series of automated buses in the city of Stockholm.

Bus travel is a popular means of transportation in most Nordic cities. Stockholm’s tourist body even describes one bus route as a “superb” means of discovering the city. Nobina, the largest public transit group in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, is on a mission to get autonomous buses on the road. The operator’s…

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