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Edit 12 April 2021
by City of Albertslund

Self-driving shuttles approved for test-drives on Danish Technical University

LINC self-driving shuttle
The Danish Minister of Transport has now signed the approval of the LINC test with self-driving shuttles on DTU Campus Lyngby. This means that students and staff can try out the shuttles in April 2021.

A long-awaited approval from the Danish Road Directorate has just landed in the mailbox of the project group behind the self-driving LINC-shuttles that will run on DTU Lyngby Campus. Nobina, who is responsible for the operation of the self-driving shuttles and has prepared the application to the Danish Road Directorate, welcomes the approval:

It is great that we now have the approval and can make the very last preparations before we have passengers in the self-driving shuttles. We need to map the route that the three shuttles have to run so that they can find their way. Once this has been done, our external security advisor must approve the final test set-up. This is the first time an Easymile shuttle is in operation in Denmark, so it will be exciting when we can run with test passengers in April

Rasmus Noes, Head of Market and Business Development at Nobina Denmark.

Campus is ready for self-driving shuttles

To get DTU Campus Lyngby ready for the three LINC shuttles, the project group behind LINC has already been working for some time to prepare the infrastructure along the route for the self-driving shuttles.

We have set up location signs on Asmussens Allé, which will help the shuttle find its way, as there are few fixed points on that part of the route. In addition, we are in the process of setting up the signs for the six bus stops, just as we have coordinated the route and the test period for the three shuttles, so that it does not coincide with road work in relation to the remodelling of DTU

Anders B. Møller, operations manager at DTU Campus.

Corona challenges researchers’ studies

Because of Corona, it has been quiet on campus and it has been easier to make the necessary infrastructural changes. But the quiet campus is also a challenge for the LINC project, as the researchers in the project have to study the behaviour of test passengers in and around the shuttles.

Driving with the self-driving shuttles at DTU also initiates the researchers' user surveys of how passengers perceive the self-driving shuttles. The studies are, of course, challenged by the fact that most students are currently being taught virtually. That's why we're addressing students and staff right now who, after all, are on campus occasionally and urging them to become test passengers. In time, we hope that the corona-restrictions will be eased so that we can get more test passengers in our LINC shuttles

Kenneth Jørgensen, project manager for LINC in the partnership organization Gate 21

And continues:

As some of the researchers studies look at passengers preferences for transport - even before the test - it is important that test passengers sign up now.

Kenneth Jørgensen

When the self-driving shuttles start running at DTU Campus Lyngby in April, it will be with the current corona restrictions for public transport. This means that passengers must wear masks and that there can only be a limited number of people in the shuttle according to the requirements for distance between people.

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LINC is one of the largest projects with self-driving shuttles in Denmark. LINC tests shuttles in a natural urban environment with daily passengers. The aim is to develop public transport so that it is also an attractive and green choice for citizens in the future.

Through the test at DTU, researchers collect experiences about the operation of self-driving shuttles and about how passengers experience them. At the same time, LINC wants to develop the self-driving shuttles so that in the future they can provide citizens with an intelligent service, ‘that comes when you call’, and can solve the citizens' challenges of getting the last mile from station to workplace or home.

Municipality of Albertslund, Municipality of Gladsaxe, Nobina Danmark A/S, IBM Danmark ApS, Technical University of Denmark, Roskilde University and Gate 21.

The project is funded by the partners and the EU program Urban Innovative Actions (UIA), which supports the project with 25 million Danish kroner.

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