The Swiss Transit Lab (STL) is launching another pilot project with line 13. Together with the Finnish company Sensible 4, the STL is upgrading a standard Toyota with sensor technology for automated driving (Level 4).
Mobility12. September 2021
The Swiss Transit Lab (STL) is launching another pilot project with line 13. Together with the Finnish company Sensible 4, the STL is upgrading a standard Toyota with sensor technology for automated driving (Level 4). It is the first time that an automated vehicle with dual-mode technology will be used on Swiss roads. Dual mode means that it can be driven either autonomously or normally by one person at the wheel. The aim of the new Line 13 will be to gain experience for the first and last mile.
In contrast to previous STL projects, the new pilot project is integrated into a supra-regional, national strategy thanks to the cooperation with the Swiss Association of Autonomous Mobility (SAAM). «In public transport, we are faced with many questions about how we will offer our services to our customers in the future. With this project, as a network of mobility providers in Switzerland, we are gathering important insights for the future of our companies," says Martin Neubauer, Managing Director of SAAM, on the cooperation. The project is scheduled to start in spring 2022. In the first step, the vehicle will run a line between Schaffhausen train station and the Stahlgiesserei district under the concession of Verkehrsbetriebe Schaffhausen vbsh. Work is currently underway on the detailed project and the exchange in the SAAM competence network. At the same time, the vehicle is an application object for other technologies, services and business models related to automated driving. It offers interested companies and researchers the opportunity to use their own technologies on the vehicle. The STL has already successfully offered and implemented this possibility in the first project "Line 12".