Digibus©: results from the first self-driving shuttle trial on a public road in Austria

From April to November 2017, the non-profit research organisation Salzburg Research conducted the “Digibus© 2017” trial, the first trial of a self-driving shuttle on a public road in Austria. The shuttle from the French company Navya Tech has been tested on a 1.4-km long track in the village of Koppl, which is situated approximately ten kilometres east from the City of Salzburg. The trial in Koppl was one of the first trials worldwide on public roads with mixed traffic in a rural area. The focus of this trial was on the real-world evaluation of a self-driving shuttle for bridging the first/last mile in public transport. From April to November 2017, 240 test drives with 874 passengers covering 341 test kilometres have been conducted. Results show that the technology is ready for testing, but there is still a long way to go for driverless operation, especially in mixed traffic scenarios. The work describes the trial setting, the test route, the process of deploying the shuttle, experiences collected during the trial as well as results from a passenger survey. The accompanying passenger survey with 294 participants revealed high acceptance and a good feeling of safety.


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  • Accession Number: 01687272
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 22 2018 3:03PM