Trials continue with driverless bus

It was on 17 December that the MyShuttle driverless bus got its number plates and therewith permission to start trial runs on the city’s streets. As a precaution in these early days, a driver and engineers will be closely monitoring it on board.

The project is being run jointly by the Carsharing Mobility company, the ZVB transport company, the Zug Technology Cluster, the city of Zug and the SBB, whose spokesman, Christian Ginsig, mentioned how “digital networking along with economic and city planning was being linked up with smart mobility.”

This is not the first time the bus has been running on the city’s streets, after initial trials were undertaken in spring of last year, but in this second stage of trails it will now have to cope with other street traffic, assisted by numerous sensors on board. Representatives of the company which manufactured the bus, Easy Mile, will also be monitoring its progress along with other engineers as it makes its way on Industriestrasse between the Metalli centre and the Zug Technological Cluster.

Ginsig further explained that while the bus’ maximum speed was 20 kph, its average speed would be more 12 kph initially as it learns to adapt to prevailing traffic conditions. This is expected to increase over time. As mentioned, a driver and engineers will be closely monitoring these current tests but, if all goes well (it is not yet known when), the bus will have no driver and passengers only, actually employees of the V-Zug household appliance manufacturer.

At a later stage the public will be able to make use of the bus, though no pricing structure has yet been agreed and no timetable has yet been set out, either.

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