After around six weeks of trial operation, the operators of the autonomous shuttle minibus service “emoin” drew a positive balance. The transport company Hamburg-Holstein (VHH) announced that the project could be considered a success. The number of passengers rose steadily. In total, more than 1000 people used the service. In the residential area of Hamburg-Bergedorf, you could be driven to the Bergedorf central bus station or the S-Bahn.
No fixed timetables
Among the passengers were primarily people who wanted to experience this new type of mobility. The experience of the real laboratory was very valuable, said VHH managing director Toralf Müller. Now they want to evaluate the results of the trial operation and develop the technology further.
Although the three buses had no drivers, they did have companions for safety reasons. According to VHH, they never had to intervene. The four-meter-long and roughly two-tonne minibuses could carry up to five passengers. In contrast to regular services, there were no fixed timetables. Passengers could book a tour by phone or via an app and were then picked up at the desired time.
Another test completed
In total, the buses with speeds of up to 18 km / h covered a distance of around 1,300 kilometers. They were operated by VHH in cooperation with Continental, the German Aerospace Center, the Dekra testing company and the Easymile technology company.
Last week, the Hamburger Hochbahn also drew a positive conclusion on its driverless minibus “Heat”. It was possible to use such a bus on a set route, it said. The bus had previously been on the move in Hafencity for more than two years.