Scania’s futuristic NXT concept was on show at the Global Public Transport Summit in Stockholm this week, where public transport was hailed as ‘the art of the future’

Scania’s NXT


More than 15,000 public transport professionals from around the world were offered a glimpse of the future in Stockholm this month.

Exhibiting on its home turf, Sweden’s Scania sought to inspire visitors to UITP’s Global Public Transport Summit with its NXT concept vehicle – a battery electric self-driving bus that would not look out of place in the Tron movies. The vehicle has a modular design that enables the body can be lifted off the chassis and replaced – giving it the flexibility to ferry commuters to and from work in mornings and evenings, deliver goods during the day and collect waste at night.

While this was an imaginitive idea for the future, the three-day conference and exhibition were bursting with innovations that can be applied to public transport today – or in the near future.

Speaking at opening ceremony, Kristoffer Tamsons, regional minister for transport in Stockholm, said that public transport had become “much of the driving force for growth a prosperity in our society”.

Addressing the summit’s theme – The art of public transport – Tamsons said: “For me personally, public transport is the art of the future and I think all of us here today are the artists of the future.”

Further coverage appears in the latest issue of Passenger Transport.

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