Self-driving buses go public

The first ever self-driving shuttle bus operating on public roads has been launched in Stockholm, Sweden.

Introduced by Ericsson’s connected vehicle division, the buses have capacity for 11 people and can travel at speeds of up to 24km per hour.

Free to use, the buses have been introduced as part of a six-month trial. Connectivity to a 5G network is planned for the second half of the trial.

The shuttle buses are one part of the Drive Sweden innovation project. Launched in 2015, Drive Sweden is a strategic innovation program launched by the Swedish government that gathers partners from all sectors of society to address the challenges and opportunities of road safety, adaptation of infrastructure and transport-related legislation.