Rodrigo Caetano, Business Development – Autonomous Solutions, Scania
Rutger Hörndahl, Senior Technical Adviser – Buses & Coaches, Scania
Researchers predict further increase of population concentrated in cities, today we are at 55 percent and in 2050 we will reach 68 percent. This, of course, means bigger congestions, longer travel times from home to work, more working hours and worse quality of life. How can we change that? Is autonomous driving the answer to this question?
Rodrigo Caetano and Rutger Hörndahl strongly believe that. That is why Scania has developed a live laboratory within the company’s headquarters in Södertälje, Sweden. In a City within a City Scania GO Project has started, and the employees are test bunnies to develop future mobility solutions.
Scania Go is Scania’s new mobility service for more efficient, sustainable travel between buildings in the Scania area. Using the service’s associated travel app, employees can plan their journey and view the quickest route to the destination taking shuttle bus, ebike, comfort car or Scania Job Express.
Employees have the possibility to see upcoming departures from various bus stations and timetables for various transport lines and get real-time updates from the vehicles, which helps to minimize waiting times. They can import Scania Job Express ticket that they have bought via Scania for Me and have it easily available in the app. Moreover, they can view their meetings from Outlook, find the quickest way there and get the latest information regarding the traffic situation through smart push notifications.
Parallel to Scania GO the Swedish manufacturer, together with the largest transport operators in Scandinavian countries, Nobina, is also developing an autonomous bus project, which will start to operate next year, on a five-kilometer route in Barkarby district, 20 kilometers from Stockholm.
Completely autonomous electric bus will initially drive empty, only with a driver behind the wheel as a supervisor. After a certain test period, the autonomous bus will also transport passengers. In the medium term, it is planned to carry 300 passengers per day. The bus driver will control the ride and will also be available to assist passengers, but will not interfere with the operation of the bus.
“And that’s just the beginning,” comments Rodrigo Caetano from Scania. “Further on, route planning will be handled by collected and analytically processed data, changing from the schedule route planning in the first period.
Pre-determined routes and stations will become flexible and responsive to the call, and all vehicles will operate autonomously and always electrically.” Caetano believes that such development is necessary primarily in cities where, according to forecasts in 2050, 68 percent of the population will live.