Driverless buses in Stockholm, Sweden
Starting in January 2018, two self-driving shuttle buses will share the road with pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles in Stockholm. As they travel at speeds up to 24 km per hour, these little shuttles set a bold example for multimodal urban transport, which many predict as the model for the near-future of smart cities.
So, how would you feel about taking a driverless bus to work?
That's the question we recently put to a group of commuters in Stockholm.
To get an honest answer, we blindfolded 10 people and put them on a battery-powered, self-driving shuttle bus. When we took the blindfolds off, the commuters saw a vision of the future of transportation.
A sneak peek at intelligent transport
Maybe you can't make it to Stockholm, but here’s a sneek peak on connected traffic in the city of Gothenburg. What you see here is a recording.
Ericsson's platform serves as the virtual bus driver for the shuttles in Stockholm, communicating with smart, sensor-enabled bus stops, traffic lights and road infrastructure.
An open API for open traffic
As connected and self-driving vehicles start to transform transportation, Ericsson's platform makes it easier to keep pace with tech advancement, and to become a successfule example of the future of public transportation.
Ericsson offers installation and operation of smart traffic solutions, minimizing installation time, operational costs and staffing headaches.
Data is the driver in smart cities
Ericsson IoT Accelerator supports nearly-instantaneous onboarding of thousands of connected traffic lights, warning signals and roadside infrastructure such as bus stops.
With one central operational system, the aggregated data generated by these connected resources can be safely and securely shared across transport agencies with a city, and across multiple municipalities.
The API allows the public sector to securely collaborate with developers and service providers, along with automotive manufacturers and transport operators to build smarter, more attractive and more profitable cities.