A world première was celebrated in Schaffhausen exactly a year ago: for the first time, a driverless bus was fully integrated in scheduled transport services. The vehicle has now been driving on route 12 between the center and the industrial estate for a year. In a press release, Swiss Transit Labs revealed that it has so far transported 24,700 passengers. A study from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH) has shown that there is very high acceptance among the population.
Tying in with the first birthday of this route, a more advanced vehicle with four-wheel drive has been taken on. The test route is also being extended with the addition of four further stops – the driverless bus will now go all the way to the Rhine Falls. Once all test drives have been completed, the aim is for the vehicle to become part of regular service.
The Swiss Transit Lab is an initiative launched by public transport company Verkehrsbetriebe Schaffhausen, the worldwide supplier of public transport solutions Trapeze, its spin-off AMoTech and the Economic Promotion of the Canton of Schaffhausen.