It is a research project with the purpose of finding out how electrified and autonomous shuttles can complement existing public transportation and thereby increase public transit’s competitiveness vis-à-vis the privately owned car and make it easier for more people to travel by public transportation.
The shuttles operate a 3,7-kilometre-long section of the campus area and Vallastaden in Linköping with thirteen stops. Unique to the project is that we work with two different vehicles that interact with each other: Navya Autonomous Shuttle DL4 and EasyMile WZ10 gen2.
A safety driver is on board on each turn and is responsible for the vehicle’s driving by monitoring the driving and, if necessary, takes over manual control and acts as a customer host.
Since the inauguration in March 2020, the autonomous vehicles have had just over 1,600 passengers on board.The partners in the project are the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI), Linköping University (LiU), Östgötatrafiken, Transdev, Akademiska hus, RISE, Linköping Science Park and Linköping Municipality.