Autonomous driving  & electric bus service


Autonomous driving  + electric bus-service 

Primary Sustainable Urban Mobility

Integrated Infrastructures and Processess across Energy, ICT, and Transport, Standards, Baselines and Performance Indicators and Metrics


The ground-breaking project ‘Drive Me – Self-driving cars for sustainable mobility’ is a joint initiative between Volvo Car Group, the Swedish Transport Administration, the Swedish Transport Agency, Lindholmen Science Park and the City of Gothenburg that have agreed to engage in projects between 2014-2018. It is also endorsed by the Swedish Government. The aim is to pinpoint the societal benefits of autonomous driving and the pilot will involve self-driving cars using approximately 50 kilometres of selected roads in and around Gothenburg. These roads are typical commuter arteries and include motorway conditions and frequent queues. 

Autonomous driving can contribute to intelligent multi-modal transport solutions whereby roads and parking spaces are used more effectively and encouraging commuting by different means of transport. A key element in this pilot is the cooperation between different stakeholders in the transportation system. Thus providing opportunities to examine how a self-driving vehicle can interact and integrate with a traffic system that in turn facilitates the effective use of the vehicle and providing a lower environmental impact as well as a safer journey. 

Self-driving cars can significantly contribute to reduced CO2 emissions as they will keep uniform speeds and ensure smoother traffic flows. 

ElectriCity, a new electric bus-service initiative was launched by the Volvo Group in cooperation with the City of Gothenburg, Göteborg Energi, Västtrafik, Lindholmen Science Park, and Johanneberg Science Park. Sustainable social development is closely linked to the development of new transportation systems and new technology enables completely new possibilities for future public-transport. The use of electric power not only places Gothenburg on the map in terms of sustainable and innovative solutions for public transport; the new bus service will also open up new possibilities in city and urban planning. EletriciCity is a step towards a more sustainable and integrated mobility planning and involves different stakeholders to achieve a demonstration project in operational conditions. The new bus-system, with the electric bus at the core, will also consist of intelligent bus-stops, new business models and security aspects. 

These projects will contribute to the work in the following areas and actions of the EIP:

Priority Area 'Sustainable Urban Mobility'

“Improve clean power for transport: vehicles and infrastructure”

“Foster seamless door-to-door multimodality in urban transport”

“Promote sustainable and integrated mobility planning”

“Promote use of cleaner vehicles”

Priority Area 'Integrated Infrastructures'

“Intelligent multi-modal transport solutions”

“Parking systems”

“Road systems”

Priority Area 'Standards'

“Alternative fuelling infrastructures”

Contribution to the EIP goals:
• Demonstrating effectiveness of innovative cutting edge technology solutions
• Increasing efficiency and decrease environmental impact from mobility solutions
• Integrating mobility managements systems, 
• Fostering communication between infrastructure and vehicles,
• Developing interactive bus stops,
• Introducing new automated safety concepts, 
• Using electric power for busses, 
• Overcoming administrative burdens
• Identifying new business models:

ElectriCity and DriveMe serve as models for replication. The partnership is committed to share experiences and knowledge with other EIP partners in order to roll out these technologies at a large scale across the EU and ultimately contribute to business opportunities and a better environment. 

Relevant data will be accessible through project partnerships, involvement from innovation clusters and demonstrators. Open data: in in accordance with the prerequisites of the Swedish ITS strategy and action plan.

The projects bring together excellence and expertise from key actors across the value chain, such as large businesses, academia, SMEs and public administrations on local, regional as well as national level. New innovation clusters/companies are continuously invited to the collaboration platforms, which creates a dynamic project environment. Most importantly, the projects are opening up new possibilities in urban planning as there is an interaction between city planning and the development of new vehicles for the future. 

A cross-cutting collaboration between ICT, energy, transport and mobility is important in order to create a smart and sustainable city with an increased urban mobility. The ElectriCity will include tests of bus stops, traffic control systems, security concepts, energy supply and business models. DriveMe aims to understand the possibilities of automatic vehicles in a city context and generate tools for interaction in a better traffic system with a more steady rate. 

Is the commitment potentially open to additional partners and if so, in which priority area (please tick the relevant options)?

  • Sustainable Urban Mobility
  • Integrated Infrastructures and Processes across Energy, ICT, and Transport
  • Standards


DriveMe and ElectriCity are local projects but could well be replicated by other cities and implemented on a global scale in the future. 

In June 2015, in conjunction with the Volvo Ocean race, the two projects will introduce their demonstrator projects. The fully commercial ElectriCity bus-line will involve ITS services, in-door bus stops and charging stations. The DriveMe project will demonstrate a self parking car and an autonomous test car, including car-to-car as well as car-to-infrastructure communication, and innovative user interfaces. In 2017, a research fleet of 100 vehicles, driven by real customers, will be in operation in Gothenburg. The commercial ElectriCity bus-line will through the years play the role of a demonstrator for new innovative solutions based on market take-up. Demonstrating conductive charging is included.

Relevant indicators to measure progress are:

Environment and health
Energy efficiency

Results expected in

  • 2014 Consortium Agreement
  • 2015 The start of live demonstrators
  • 2016 and beyond Broad scale field operation test