Aalborg to test self-driving buses

An electric, self-driving shuttle bus is being considered for a public transport route in the eastern part of Danish city Aalborg. 

The completely autonomous bus known as Arma could transport passengers on a 1.6 km-long route by 2018. The route has 8 stops and the bus is expected to depart every 10 minutes. Two buses will always be on the road while a third one is charging. The Arma bus was designed by French company Navya, which introduced the unmanned vehicle in October 2015.

Arma is equipped with a wide range of sensors, including GPS, lidar (technology measuring distance by illuminating a target with a laser light), radar and different types of cameras. The bus can drive at maximum speed of 45 km per hour and carry up to 15 people at a time.

– Driverless vehicles will be the nest big test for transportation and urban development. We have already seen commercial actors experimenting with technology on this area. At the same time it is crucial that public administrations, research institutions and citizens are involved in these discussions. It is important to remember that technology is never isolated from its users and surroundings. And that is why this project from Aalborg municipality is highly interesting, says Ole B. Jensen, Professor at the University of Aalborg.

Watch a video of the Arma bus on the road:

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