A short list of the latest developments - the world is moving fast and so do we!
Webinar: What's next for autonomous buses?
Applied Autonomy hosted an international webinar on the topic "What's next for autonomous buses? ". The event was organised in cooperation with Brakar and Vy.
Having successfully launched a pilot involving the operation of an autonomous route bus in a public environment without an operator on board this May (see press release from 21/05/2021 below), we used the occasion to provide an informative webinar on the latest developments in autonomous vehicles. It was an honour to have a number of high-profile speakers covering many different parts of the autonomous ecosystem:
Gilbert Gagnaire, Founder and CEO of technology provider EasyMile - Presented experience and outlook for technology developments in the coming years,
Terje Sundfjord, CEO of Public Transport Authority Brakar - Provided an overview of experiences in integrating autonomous vehicles into public transport,
Ahmed Hashish, Director Smart mobility at The Future Mobility Network - Shared knowledge on the deployment of autonomous transport in mixed traffic,
Ketil Marcussen, Partner/ Head of Infrastructure Sector, KPMG - Gave insights into the Autonomous Vehicle Readiness Index.
Olav Skinnes (Sp), County Councillor for Transport, Viken County - Outlined the growth of Viken county in transport and
Olav Madland, CEO of Applied Autonomy - Talked about achieving sustainable autonomous transport and scaling solutions.
It was great to see so many people attending the event and a special thanks goes out to all the participants who asked very interesting questions in the live chat!
Click here to watch some highlights of the webinar.
Press Release: The world's first fully autonomous bus ride
For the first time in the world, a bus is driving in fully autonomous mode on a public bus route in Kongsberg, Norway – A huge milestone, says Terje Sundfjord, CEO of Brakar.
The autonomous bus in Kongsberg was the first autonomous bus in the world to be fully integrated into the public transportation network, as a regular city bus route. Until now, the bus has been driven with an operator on board. With this next phase of the project, it is now also the first autonomous bus in the world to be driving in open traffic, with passengers, but without an operator on board for part of the route. The project in Kongsberg is a collaboration between Applied Autonomy, Brakar (Public Transport Authority), Vy Bus, Kongsberg municipality and the Norwegian Public Roads Administration.
The goal of this project is to discover how autonomous buses can support existing services of public transportation. For Brakar, the responsible public transport authority, it has been important to include the passengers in this project.
Read the full press release.
Applied Autonomy in Top 25 Cleantech Scandinavia report
Applied Autonomy is proud to have been selected as one of Scandinavia's top 25 most innovative cleantech companies in Cleantech Scandinavia's latest Top 25 report.
The report identifies the best and most innovative cleantech companies from the Nordics and Baltics, with the 2019/2020 edition having seen 140 applicants from 9 countries. A jury of 51 professionals with backgrounds in the industry, venture capital, public funding and regional development assessed the applicants to find the 25 most innovative and promising cleantech companies.
Applied Autonomy was highlighted in the category "Transport and Logistics" for their mobility and fleet management solutions.
Press release: Kick-off meeting of AWARD project
The communications department of the AWARD project has issued a press release following the project's kick-off meeting which took place on the 19th-21st of January.
The aim of AWARD is to develop and showcase new technology to allow efficient operations of autonomous vehicles on industrial sites, such as factories, ports and airports. Applied Autonomy is leading the work package for the planning and building of a Fleet Management System, which will sit at the heart of the operations. Together with our collaborators, we will build a system which will make operations both safer and more productive. We look forward to leading the design and implementation of the Fleet Management System for the next three years!
Brakar publish new website about self-driving bus route 450 in Kongsberg
Brakar, the public transport operator running Kongsberg's bus services, have published a new website about their project with a self-driving shuttle, which is supported by Applied Autonomy.
The shuttle is fully integrated into the public transport system, making route 450 the most advanced bus route in the world. As of September 2020, the route uses the latest generation EZ10 Gen3 bus, and has most recently meed updated with protective measures allowing it to operate under the current Covid-19 rules for public transport.
The bus runs Monday-Friday from 11am-5pm, as well as on Saturdays from 10am-2pm, connecting Kongsberg's transport hub on the east side of town with shopping facilities and the technology park on the west side. Tickets are bought in the same way as for all other buses, with children and senior citizens travelling for free.
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