The collective behind the trial aim to explore the safe introduction of self-driving autonomous EVs in complex urban areas to help optimise route planning.
An autonomous self-driving, electric minibus trial has been launched in Stockholm, Sweden, using 5G technology to remotely control and supervise the vehicle.
The 5G Ride pilot is part of an initiative led by Urban ICT Arena in partnership with Keolis, Telia, Ericsson and Intel that focuses on how 5G and control towers can help facilitate the safe introduction of self-driving, electric vehicle buses in urban areas. The projects are backed by Vinnova and Drive Sweden.
The trial will be conducted in Royal Djurgården, one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations, from 24 September through 8 October 2020. The autonomous minibus will drive along a 1.6 km route serving the National Museum of Science and Technology, and the Maritime-, Nordic-, and Vasa museums. A safety driver will be present in the vehicle at all times.
The hope is that an intelligent electric transport system like this, powered by renewable energy and where operators remotely administrate large fleets of autonomous vehicles, will optimise route planning and traffic.
According to the collective, the 5G network’s technical features, including enhanced security, extremely high data speeds combined with low latency, means that the connected buses can respond in real time to commands from the centralised control tower.
“Since the launch of the world’s first driverless metro in Lille (France) in 1983, Keolis has been drawing on its expertise as a pioneer in autonomous mobility to make shared mobility smarter, more connected and more sustainable. This ground-breaking trial in collaboration with our key partners constitutes another important step forward,” said Bernard Tabary, CEO International at Keolis.
“We’re pleased to be conducting this trial in Sweden, where we already have a strong presence through our subsidiary Keolis Sverige and carry 730,000 passengers per day.”
The knowledge hub and testbed Urban ICT Arena leads the initiative with Keolis as bus operator. Ericsson provides the technical solution for the connected control tower. Telia provides the 5G-connectivity in collaboration with Ericsson and has deployed 5G at Djurgården specifically for this project.
Meanwhile, Intel delivers analytics capabilities and the technology for the processing across the network including the IT-system in the vehicles and the control tower, as well as the mobile network. T-Engineering, a Swedish technology firm, delivers vehicle and self-driving technology.