SELF-DRIVING BUS INTEGRATED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN AN OPERATIONS CONTROL SYSTEM
The “Line 12” project related to the self-driving bus of the Swiss Transit Lab in Neuhausen am Rheinfall recently made another step towards regular scheduled operation of the self-driving bus: the vehicle seating 11 passengers started operating in the town centre of Neuhausen am Rheinfall – integrated in the operations control system of the public transport authority of Schaffhausen (Verkehrsbetriebe Schaffhausen, VBSH). This means that with immediate effect, the public at large may also use the bus.
The first phase of the “Line 12” pilot project involving the self-driving bus has now been completed, and testing is to be transferred from the SIG premises to the streets of Neuhausen am Rheinfall. following approval by the Swiss Federal Office of Road Traffic (ASTRA), to operate the 11-seat bus named “Trapizio”. With this step, the Swiss have added yet another chapter to the traffic history of the Canton of Schaffhausen. Internationally distinguished railway carriages, trams or cable cars have been manufactured before on the SIG premises, where the mobility laboratory of Swiss Transit Lab is based. The Swiss Transit Lab was set up in early 2018. On the test premises in Neuhausen am Rheinfall, the development of services and solutions for covering tomorrow’s mobility needs is being pushed. The leading forces at the Swiss Transit Lab are the global public transport system specialist Trapeze, its affiliated company AMoTech and the public transport authority of Schaffhausen VBSH. They are receiving support from the office of regional and site development of the Canton of Schaffhausen. The goal is not only to get the self-driving shuttle onto the streets of Schaffhausen, but also to design the mobility of the future in an international context with additional partners.
Thus, future projects are also to be tackled that address Smart City topics. First and foremost, the project partners are now focussing on the further integration of the self-driving bus in the VBSH network.
VBSH has in addition hired and trained three attendants who are always also on board the bus during trips. For the time being, the bus is mostly to be in service from 1 to 5 pm on weekdays and from 10 am to 6 pm on Sundays and public holidays. Owing to in-house testing and maintenance requirements,
initial results of the acceptance study were conducted on the project by the Institute of Science, Technology and Politics of the ETH in Zürich. Of the 8000 people invited to take part, over 1400 have already responded.