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, Volume 120, Issue 6, pp 68–71 | Cite as

Autonomous driving in public transportation depots

  • Andreas Lauber
  • Eric Sax
  • Markus Wiedemann
Research Commercial Vehicles

Nationwide autonomous or highly-automated driving is currently not feasible due to various legal barriers in passenger transport. In the field of non-public transport, however, various fields of application are already conceivable today. For logistics companies, public transport depots and container terminals, the partial automation of operating procedures offers the opportunity for cost optimization. A study by KIT at SSB shows how autonomous driving on bus depots can work and contribute to cost reduction.

1 Motivation

After returning from service, the busses are prepared for the next shift in the depots of local public transport. The activities in the depot include minor maintenance and inspection activities, in particular refueling, washing and interior cleaning of the vehicles. For the aforementioned activities, an employee drives the busses to the various stations to carry out the individual services. In addition to the employees at the stations, employees are required to move the...


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Copyright information

© Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • Andreas Lauber
    • 1
  • Eric Sax
    • 1
  • Markus Wiedemann
    • 2
  1. 1.Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)Germany
  2. 2.Stuttgarter Straßenbahnen AG (SSB)Germany

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