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The first autonomous bus in the world to be driving in open traffic without an operator

May 2021

This is 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.


Key facts:

  • 4.4 km route connecting the train station and the technology park

  • EZ10 Generation 3 implemented.

  • Bus service is fully integrated into public transport booking and ticketing system

  • Collaboration between national and local public transport providers and government, with Applied Autonomy as the main supplier

  • Public response: Very positive about the service

Role:

  • The total solution including all services needed from idea to full operation and support

  • Demonstration and knowledge transfer to all actors


First Autonomous bus service without an operator in the industrial site.


October 2020

This Pilot Autonomous bus in Herøya was the First autonomous service without an operator on board in Northern Europe in the Industrial site by the Norwegian Prime minister Erna Solberg. The vehicle EZ10 was supervised only remotely.

Key facts:

  • 400 m route on a closed industrial site connects the main entrance with the canteen and a workshop

  • EZ10 bus ran in a dedicated lane, crossing other traffic at intersections

  • The bus ran without a safety operator on board. Instead, the operator controlled the vehicle remotely

  • For safety reasons, the operator stayed on site

  • The service was opened on 30.10.2020 by the Norwegian prime minister

Role:

  • The total solution including all services needed from idea to the operation was documented

  • Demonstration and knowledge transfer to all actors


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First autonomous sweeper


September 2020

This self-driving sweeper is controlled by the Applied Autonomy control center and was tested and demonstrated in the areas of the Kongsberg pedestrian zone and on steep hills with the excellent public response.


Key facts:

  • Autonomous sweeper machine connected to and directed by Applied Autonomy control center

  • Tested in Kongsberg

  • Sweeps 4000m²/h using an 80-liter hopper

  • 5 hours run time, 5 hours recharge time

  • Uses an array of cameras and radars to detect stationary and mobile obstacles


Role:

  • Project lead and selection of use case and machine

  • Business case evaluation and needs for regulations and actors

  • Demonstration and knowledge transfer to all actors


Autonomous bus with on-demand service


August 2020


Applied Autonomy launched its first autonomous on-demand transport service in Europe in Trondheim in collaboration with Public transport operator AtB, using the third generation EasyMile EZ10 shuttle.


Key facts:

  • 4 km route connecting indoor arena, hospital, and student union

  • The Autonomous EZ10 bus does not run a fixed route but is ordered by passengers via an app

  • Applied Autonomy integrated 3rd party on-demand solution into bus operation supervision

  • Applied Autonomy programmed the bus route and arranged all required permits and infrastructure for the bus

  • Safety operators will be staff from a local bus provider, trained by Applied Autonomy

  • EasyMile EZ10 can run for 14 hours per charging cycle.


Role:

  • The total solution including all services needed from idea to the operation was documented

  • Integration with a 3rd party on-demand solution into bus operation supervision


Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSbrqX801ik

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International project- First Autonomous bus with an operator


August 2020


The Zemgale pilot was run as part of the Sohjoa Baltic project in August 2020 and the pilot was implemented with an EZ10 autonomous vehicle.


Key facts:

  • Pilot over 2 cities, jelgave and aizkraukle

  • Jelgava track - 1.36 km route on a recreational island in Jelgava normally closed for traffic

    • Solution: Information campaign for the general public and information signs

  • Aizkraukle track - 790m route from Aizkraukle museum to the parking lot

    • Solution: Set up of navigation panels to aid localization

  • The project released by applied autonomy in collaboration with local transport operator TT Transcom


Role:

  • Arranging hire and transport of the autonomous bus chosen by the client

  • Route set up (finding a suitable route, safety analysis, organizing required infrastructure)

  • Training of TT Transcom employees to become safety operators for the bus

  • First-line support


Link:https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lX16vb6rPo_C8shvJz9QBkgXwQ_57q6r/view?usp=sharing


Link to video from Aizkraukle; Link to video from Jelgava

Demonstration for the Conference arranged by DIFI


June 2019


Key facts:

  • The purpose of the demonstration is to make visible work and innovation related to the transport of the future.

  • 222 m route on congress center site

  • 151 passengers in one day (12.06.2019)

  • Demonstrator at the conference regarding autonomous transport

  • Traffic wardens regulated the traffic in the parking lot


Role:

  • Demonstration and knowledge transfer to all actors


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First Autonomous bus in The Arctic Region


March 2019


Applied Autonomy carried out a demonstration in March 2019 in Longyearbyen with a self-driving bus. The demonstration was part of a feasibility study that mapped the possibility of a permanent transport service to a new visitor center (Arctic Preservation Visitor Center) at mine 3.


Key facts:

  • The purpose of the feasibility study is first to have a demo in the Arctic area with an autonomous vehicle and also show the audience that a shuttle may come to Svalbard in a pilot project.

  • Routing The demonstrator consisted of a fixed route of 500 m with 4 stops

  • Vehicle type Gen2 (G2-032)

  • Route/Network length 415m (one way)

  • Vehicle maximum capacity 12 passengers

  • Fleet management Easymile Supervision System + Amotech

  • Total distance covered + average per day 15 km,12.1 km (feasibility study), and 500m (demonstrator)

  • Open to general public passengers


Role:

  • The total solution including all services needed from idea to full operation and support

  • Demonstration and knowledge transfer to all actors.

Link:https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_FEEkO0uRuG3ntxp2GrdPmcGL7olesrL/view?usp=sharing

Pilot autonomous bus integrated into public transport with an operator on board

October 2018


This is the first Pilot Autonomous bus to be integrated into public transport. Kongsberg Municipality, The Norwegian Public Roads Administration, Brakar (local public transportation company), Nettbuss (local bus company), and Applied Autonomy initiated a nine-month-long pilot on 13 Oktober 2018.


Key facts:

  • Two EasyMile EZ10 operate a 4.4 km long route in Kongsberg.

  • The bus runs with safety operators on board as a normal bus service organized by the PTA and PTO. Normal bus ticket has to be bought in the PTA app

  • Started 13 October 2018 with 3 phase ( Phase 1: Oct 2018; Phase 2: Dec 2018; Phase 3: April 2019, 2 buses)

  • Driven 53 days out of 71 possible with Max speed for bus 16 km/h

  • Transported 1181 passengers

  • Mixed traffic in 30 km/h driving zone

  • Pedestrian street - max 5 km/h

  • 5 trained Nettbuss operators


Role:

  • The total solution including all services needed from idea to full operation and support.

  • Demonstration and knowledge transfer to all actors.

Link: https://youtu.be/HSbrqX801ik

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The first location in Norway to pilot an autonomous minibus


July 2018

Gjøvik was one of the first locations in Norway to pilot an autonomous minibus. The project is part of the municipality’s climate initiative and was operational on 20 July 2018.


Key facts:

  • The purpose of the pilot is to transport people and tourists from the city center up to Fjellhall and Mjøsmuseet (museum). Preferred first bus path.

  • The autonomous route in the center

  • The vehicles average speed was 9 km/h with the capacity of 6 passengers on board

  • Duration of the pilot - 4 months

  • Type of road - Public road

  • Type of traffic -mixed urban traffic

  • Number of stations -4

  • Length of the route - 2.3 km


Role:

  • Risk assessment of the route, choice of vehicle, and organization of operator responsibility.

  • Safety for the trial at Gjøvik.


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