Ruter will test out self-driving buses in Ski

self-driving busSelf-driving bus: Heiko Junge / NTB scanpix

After testing out self-driving buses at Akershusstranda and Nedre Bekkelaget in Oslo since 2019, Ruter is moving out of the capital and to Ski in Nordre Follo.

The plan is to start the next phase of the project during the autumn.

“As we continue to gain experience in Oslo, it is natural to look at the rest of the geographical area we serve, where operation in new types of environments can provide the self-driving project a broader learning outcome,” says Director of Mobility Services at Ruter, Endre Angelvik, in a press release.

He believes that experiences from Ski could affect the development of public transport in the rest of Viken and the rest of the country.

At the same time, the self-driving project is being expanded with two new partners in addition to Danish Holo, which has been responsible for the operation of the test buses in Oslo. Now Toyota Motor Europe and the Finnish technology company Sensible 4 are also included in the project.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today


2 Comments on "Ruter will test out self-driving buses in Ski"

  1. I do NOT trust this. No machine is fail-safe. And if the driving computer can be hacked from a central control for emergency purposes, that control can be hacked by another control.

    On my bus route between Lillestrøm and Enebakk, if the computer got confused we’d go over cliffs. Maybe in flat areas this would be safer, but there is still the potential danger to other cars.

    In airliners, we are blindly trusting not just pilots (backed up by copilots) but the plane’s mechanics, design, and now software too. Defective software – apparently written outside the U.S. – caused many of the catastrophic Boeing 737 crashes. “Boeing 737 MAX pilots frantically searched manual as craft flew into water – report”

    BAD idea, naively trusting in technology … too often.

  2. Dave Hansen | 3. May 2020 at 16:09 | Reply

    This will be a long time coming in the USA outside selected city centers. It will be interesting to see who ends up with liability for accidents caused by self driving vehicles.

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