auto.Bus - Seestadt: Autonomous bus line for Vienna
Vienna is getting a driverless bus line: The research project auto.Bus - Seestadt is being funded by the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology as part of the “Mobility of the Future” scheme. “Autonomous driving is a megatrend with the potential to change cities for good. As a public transport provider, we will be at the forefront of this,” explains Wiener Linien Managing Director Günter Steinbauer.
The auto.Bus – Seestadt project aims to enhance the operational quality of future autonomous bus routes by means of planned technological innovations. The goal is to sustainably increase the efficiency and operational safety of autonomous vehicles, with the ultimate goal of operating a bus line in Seestadt under real conditions – with stops, timetables and real passengers.
Seestadt is a perfect area for a pilot route. One of the reasons is that it is an urban area which has less complex routes than the city centre. Though, on the other hand, Seestadt is also an innovative urban area – a test area of a smart city.