The main purpose of the AUTOBUS project has been to study how ordinary road users interact with self-driving buses (AV shuttles) in ordinary road traffic, at three different locations in Norway, namely Forus, Kongsberg and Oslo.
We have used repeated field surveys and video recordings to gather data, and a key research question has been whether the interaction changes over time when road users get used to the AV shuttles.
Some researchers have suggested that since these AV shuttles run so slowly and so defensively, other road users will take advantage of this and hinder their accessibility in traffic.
So, is that what actually happens in real-life traffic with AV shuttles?
09:00–09:10 Welcome and general project presentation
Torkel Bjørnskau, Institute of Transport Economics, TØI
09:10–09:30 European pilots with AV shuttles
Marjan Hagenzieker, TU Delft
09:30–09:50 AUTOBUS: Field survey results
Torkel Bjørnskau, TØI
10:00–10:20 AUTOBUS video analysis – interactions with cars
Aliaksei Laureshyn/Carl Johnsson, Lund University
10:20–10:40 AUTOBUS video analysis – interactions with VRUs
Tim De Ceunynck, on behalf of Vias Institute
10:40–10:55 The future of AV shuttles
Applied Autonomy, Ruter, Kolumbus
10:55–11:20 Poll and concluding remarks