The TUPPAC project is the largest Danish project regarding driverless buses and brings together important players from municipalities, private businesses and universities to test driverless buses in a natural setting.
The project’s aim is further innovative development of the public bus product. By testing driverless buses the project will gather operation and user experiences which will be used to develop intelligent and dynamic bus services with the purpose of solving the “first- and last-mile” challenge of public transport, and will prepare future urban planners for driverless buses. The buses will run test-drives at DTU Campus in Lyngby and Hersted Business Park in Albertslund.
The aim is “liveability”
In addition, the TUPPAC project aims to uncover how digital as well as physical infrastructure must be designed to be able to handle future implementation of driverless buses on Danish roads.
This will provide urban planners with the opportunity to create more liveable cities, because the driverless buses are low-noise vehicles powered by electricity with zero CO2 and particle emission. The project concentrates its focus on two areas of urban development: Hersted Business Park and Gladsaxe Business Park.
The selected test-beds are placed in one of Denmark’s major urban development areas, LOOP CITY, in which a 28 kilometers long light rail will be established between 2018-2023/24. A total of ten Danish municipalities within the Capital Region will be serviced by the light rail.
Driverless buses can increase the range of light rail
Connecting driverless buses to public transportation hubs such as the future light rail stations in LOOP CITY, makes it possible to create more flexible and dynamic transport solutions with the ability to bring travelers closer to their destination.
Efficient connections between public transport services will reduce travel time for passengers and potentially make even more people use green and public forms of transport in the years to come. At the same time, driverless buses have the potential to increase the range of the LOOP CITY light rail. The project will create attractive connections between the light rail and buses servicing the future 29 light rail stations and thereby contribute to make the light rail a success.
The potential of applying driverless buses as a necessary component in the light rail’s chain of mobility is great. First though, various obstacles must be overcome – and these problems are exactly what the project seeks to identify and solve. However, once this is done, the advantages of using electric driverless buses will be significant:
- improved road safety,
- more efficient road use,
- decreased parking needs,
- higher sustainability,
- lower costs and
- more flexibility for the users.
For more information about the TUPPAC project, please visit UIA’s official website.
Albertslund Municipality, Gladsaxe Municipality, Nobina Denmark, IBM Denmark ApS, Technical University of Denmark, Roskilde University, LOOP CITY and Gate 21.
The project’s budget is 31,4 million DKK, of which the EU program Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) is supporting the project with 25 million DKK.
March 2018 – February 2021.
Kenneth Jørgensen – Project Manager, TUPPAC.
Transforming Urban Planning Providing Autonomous Collective Mobility
Transport from the passenger’s home to the nearest station or bus stop – and from the last station or bus stop on the journey to their destination – and back home in opposite direction.