The LINC project is one of the largest Danish project regarding self-driving shuttles and brings together important players from municipalities, private businesses and universities to test driverless shuttles in a natural setting.
The project’s aim is further innovative development of public transport. By testing self-driving shuttles the project will gather operation and user experiences which will be used to develop intelligent and dynamic shuttle services with the purpose of solving the “first- and last-mile” challenge of public transport, and will prepare future urban planners for self-driving technologies. The shuttles will run test-drives at DTU Campus in the City of Lyngby and demonstrations in the City of Albertslund and Hersted Industrial Park in Albertslund.
The aim is “liveability”
In addition, the LINC project aims to uncover how digital as well as physical infrastructure must be designed to be able to handle future implementation of self-driving shuttles on Danish roads.
This will provide urban planners with the opportunity to create more liveable cities, because the self-driving shuttles 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 Industrial Park and Gladsaxe Business Park.
The selected test-beds are placed in one of Denmark’s major urban development areas in which a 28 kilometers long Greater Copenhagen Light Rail rail will be established between 2018-2025. A total of ten Danish municipalities within the Capital Region will be serviced by the light rail.
Self-driving shuttles can increase the range of the light rail
Connecting self-driving shuttles to public transportation hubs such as the future light rail stations, 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, self-driving shuttles have the potential to increase the range of the Greater Copenhagen Light Rail. The project will create attractive connections between the light rail and shuttles servicing the future 29 light rail stations and thereby contribute to make the light rail a success.
The potential of applying self-driving shuttles 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 LINC project seeks to identify and solve. However, once this is done, the advantages of using electric self-driving shuttles 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 LINC project, please visit UIA’s official website.
Albertslund Municipality, Gladsaxe Municipality, Nobina Denmark, IBM Denmark ApS, Technical University of Denmark, Roskilde University 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, LINC.
Formerly named 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.