Self-driving 5G bus route launched in Stockholm

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Self-driving 5G bus route launched in Stockholm
The bus will traffic a route on the Djurgården island, one of several planned pilot projects to explore how 5G technology can improve public transport. Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

A new self-driving minibus took its first trip in Stockholm on Thursday, as part of a project exploring how 5G technology can improve public transport.


Over the next two weeks, the bus will transport passengers around the green island of Djurgården, with limits on passenger numbers due to the Covid-19 pandemic. There will also be masks and hand sanitiser available on board.

During the two-week trial, a safety driver will be present who will be able to take control of the bus if needed.


"To solve our problems of crowding, air quality and climat emissions in Stockholm we need many different kinds of transport solutions. We are positive towards this type of pilot project since we think the vehicles of the future are autonomous, electric and easy to share. This bus is a perfect example of that," said transport councillor Daniel Helldén.

Companies Telia, Ericsson, Keolis and Intel are behind the project, together with the Urban ICT Arena knowledge hub.

Ericsson was invlved in a similar project previously when an electric minibus was launched in northern Stockholm in 2016, and the company says that both 5G and AI technology have been developed further since then.



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