Seminar room of International Project Lab., Third floor, Engineering Building No.11, Hongo Campus, The University of Tokyo

Special seminar about autonomous bus service at UTokyo

1) Time and day: 5:00pm-6:30pm, March 18 (Mon), 2019


2) Place: Seminar room of International Project Lab., Third floor, Engineering Building No.11, Hongo Campus, The University of Tokyo (

3)  Presentation
– Title: Lessons from Autonomous Bus Service Deployment on a Public Road in Stockholm
– Abstract:
An EZ10 autonomous bus has been deployed in Stockholm public road from January 2018 for six months period. The service connected Kista metro station with major offices and university in Kista Science City. The focus of the deployment is the feasibility to use such service as a last mile transport option. The current service is operated between 7:00 and 18:00, with some exceptions for exceptional conditions. Until May 2018, the service has been used by 10000 passengers and logged 2000km kilometres. This project serves as the first step to understand the effects and challenges of the real AVs for shared services deployment from both technical and also to the societal, users and system perspectivest. This knowledge will important to design future deployment and pilots, to create a system that is sustainable and working from societal, environmental and economical perspective in Swedish context.
This particular presentation focuses on the users’ acceptance towards the AV service from two perspectives:
1. Acceptance and responses of the potential users and users of semi-autonomous bus service.
2. Reaction and adaptation of other road users to semi-autonomous bus running on public road.
Three-waves of panel survey among more than 500 users were deployed over the six-month period. The survey was designed to capture the longitudinal changes of attitudes, acceptance, and expectation of commuters and residents in appreciating and adopting (or use) this new public transport service. A series of psychological (attitudes, preferences and perceptions) questions, which are derived from Modified Theory of Reasoned Action, were deployed in February 2018, April 2018 and June 2018. Each survey wave includes about 30 minutes of questionnaire.

4) Short bio of presenter
Yusak O. Susilo is a Professor in Transport Analysis and Policy at the Royal Institute of Technology. His main research interest lies in the intersection between transport and urban planning, transport policy, decision making processes and behavioural interactions modelling. He received his doctoral degree from the Department of Urban Management, Kyoto University, Japan. He has been/is a principal investigator (PI) and co-investigator (co-I) in various international and national projects, including developed an open-source smartphone based travel diary collector app, MEILI, which has been deployed in 5 different cities at 3 different continents around the globe, and evaluating the impacts of autonomous buses deployment as a public transport service in a mixed public roads in Stockholm. He is currently serving as a board member of the International Association for Travel Behaviour Research (IATBR) and an associate editor of Transportation, European Transport Research Review and Journal of Transport and Health.

5) Charge: free

6) Language: English only

7) Participation: Please contact Ms Tomoko Samukawa ( for joining this seminar, but you can join the seminar even without pre-registration.


8) Others: If you have some questions, please let me know them. My e-mail address is