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Ericsson introduces self-driving shuttles in Stockholm: Here is how they work

The #MWC2018 has become a hub of innovation being showcased from around the world. Ericsson too has cashed in the opportunity and showcased itself. As part of our #GTUMWC2018 coverage, we bring to you the driverless buses from Ericsson.

Working on Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS) and other smart measures for a driverless and connected commute, Ericsson has recently launched two new shuttles in the city of Stockholm. The noticeable thing here, is that the two shuttle buses are driverless and are running on the same roads as other vehicles since January this year.

Ericsson Driverless buses in Stockholm

Ericsson connected traffic solutions
Ericsson connected traffic solutions

While Connected cars are the reality of today, Ericsson has taken that reality to the next step where a driverless connected shuttle is running on the streets of Stockholm. The two buses, that run at a speed of 24 Kmph, are sharing roads with pedestrians, cyclists and there vehicles.

Ericsson has achieved this feat by connecting the entire city with smart traffic solutions. These include sensor backed bus stations, sensor backed traffic signals and other connected vehicles to map the roads and provide a smooth commute. At the heart of these driverless shuttles, there is an integrated operating system.

Backed by Ericsson IoT Accelerator, connected transport or driverless vehicles synchronise with smart traffic solutions easily. All the accumulated data from these connected vehicles can safely and securely transmitted to transport agencies with a city, across multiple municipalities and eventually an entire country.

While these smart shuttles are the first of their kind, Ericsson has also developed smart solutions for cities like Dallas, Fort Worth, Irving and Richardson. Netherlands has also opted for Ericsson to provide smart traffic solutions and infrastructure. While the shuttles are limited to a speed of just 24 Kmph, we may get to see faster connected cars in the future as connected transport gets more refined.

Abhishek Bhatnagar

Abhishek Bhatnagar

Abhishek Bhatnagar, a known technology blogger & YouTuber from India. A Software Engineer by qualification, now he works as the editor-In-Chief, Webmaster, & Managing Director at Gadgets To Use. He runs a number of other technology websites as well.View Author posts