Our accomplishments, be it completion of successful projects or demonstrations or other events, are often reported on in various media platforms.
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.
New employee at Applied Autonomy: Marius Halle
We are happy to announce that Marius Halle joined Applied Autonomy on 01/01/2021 as the new Chief Growth Officer (CGO).
Marius was previously employed at Telenor as a Channel Lead and led efforts to optimise the way Telenor B2B works with sales and marketing by using data, analyses and probability models. He has 20 years of experience, mainly from the telecom and media branches. At Telia (previously NetCom), Marius grew the content market from 0 to 400 million NOK of annual turnover.
"Marius' extensive experience in sales, marketing and business development are invaluable for us, and he will take a central role for achieving the growth we are aiming for", says founder and CEO Olav Madland.
We are thrilled to have Marius be part of our team!
Press release: European Project to Autonomise Heavy-Duty Vehicles Set to Kick-Off in 2021
The European Commission has awarded a funding grant of nearly €20 million for a 29-partner strong consortium to develop and demonstrate driverless heavy-duty vehicles in harsh weather conditions for real-logistics operations.
Applied Autonomy has been awarded 1M€ to lead the work package on fleet management in the large-scale “All Weather Autonomous Real logistics operations and Demonstrations” (AWARD) project.
“Having an efficient and complete fleet management system at the heart of the interactions between different components will be crucial for safer, more flexible and more efficient autonomous heavy-duty freight operations. We’re looking forward to solving the challenges of autonomous operations in harsh weather and in real-world industrial contexts, and demonstrating our Fleet Management Platform in them”, said Olav Madland, CEO of AppliedAutonomy.
Read the full press release.
Applied Autonomy invited to CBS Global Thought Leaders film
CBS commissioned a film on autonomous mobility as part of their Global Thought Leaders series, and asked Applied Autonomy to front it.
The short film, entitled "Smart mobility - the new reality", explains how Applied Autonomy, Hydrolift Smart City Ferries and Yeti Move are leading the transition to automated vehicles. The three companies are all part of the SAMS Norway cluster, which fosters innovation.
First Norwegian autonomous shuttle service without operator on board
Applied Autonomy is proud to have arranged Norway's first autonomous shuttle service without an operator on board. The pilot takes place in Herøya industry park and was opened on 30.10.2020 by the Norwegian prime minister Erna Solberg, who was also the first passenger on board the service.
Also present were Guri Melby, minister of Education and leader of the Liberal Party, and Kjell Ingolf Ropstad, minister of Children, Family and Church Affairs and leader of the Christian Democratic Party.
Read the full press release.
New Sohjoa Baltic publications
As part of the Sohjoa Baltic project, a new set of publications has been released, summarising insights and lessons learnt from four years of piloting vehicles for autonomous public transport in several countries around the Baltic Sea.
The publications include volumes on the legal framework as well as technology and safety requirements in Germany, Denmark, Poland, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Estonia, and Latvia. There are also two volumes on the pilots that were ran and the related procurement challenges, and finally an entire volume dedicated to user experiences.
Applied Autonomy contributed their knowledge around pilots with autonomous buses in general, and their experience with the pilots in Kongsberg, Norway in particular, as well as some input to the two pilots in Zemgale region, Latvia, that were ran in August and September this year.
We're very happy to see these volumes published now and hope that they'll inspire further development in all things autonomous vehicles!
Highlight: Article on autonomous on-demand service in Trondheim
2025AD, a platform for autonomous driving, has published a comprehensive article about the Trondheim project. The article looks at details of the on-demand service, and also considers the wider context of the project with respect to the future of public autonomous transport.
Press release: Nordic consortium wins funding for green urban transport project
A Nordic consortium consisting of Applied Autonomy, Kobla, Moprim and Östersund kommune has won funding from Nordic Innovation to implement a sustainable mobility project entitled “Sustainable Insights: Measure, Inform, Mobilise” (MIM). The project will be co-funded by Nordic Innovation with 3,922,000 NOK and run over 30 months, having started in September 2020.
The MIM project answers a call under Nordic Innovation’s Nordic Smart Mobility and Connectivity program, which aims to change the way people and goods move by creating a seamless and integrated mobility system and forming new Nordic partnerships. Specifically, the aim of the project is to develop a solution that allows both a city and its citizens to become informed about current traffic situations, and provide incentives for making more sustainable transport choices. The solution will be piloted in Östersund, Sweden.
Introducing Testarena Norefjell
Testarena Norefjell has a vision to become a sustainability and world-class business development, offering green and seamless mobility for visitors and residents. Over the next 3 years, innovative solutions for mobility and goods transport will be established. Local actors will be the lifeblood of the solutions, in collaboration with national companies.
Applied Autonomy is looking forward to being part of the development of simple, climate-friendly, local and profitable solutions. We will use autonomous vehicles to create seamless and more accessible transport chains that meet people's needs, and also deliver goods to people's doorsteps.
New self-driving bus in Kongsberg
Kongsberg is proud to be one of the first cities to operate a new third generation EZ10 self-driving bus.
The latest version has been updated based on feedback from over two years of service in Kongsberg. With new and improved sensors, it is hoped that the bus will provide a reliable service to citizens in all weather conditions.
This makes the Kongsberg pilot one of the most advanced autonomous bus projects in the world.
First autonomous pilot in Latvia
Applied Autonomy has implemented Latvia's first autonomous shuttle pilots in Jelgava and Aizkraukle. The project has been commissioned by Zemgale planning region as part of the Sohjoa Baltic framework. Both pilots have received great media attention (see for example here) and are very popular with the local population.
Each pilot ran for two weeks. The Jelgava pilot took place on Pasta Island, a recreational area used for various public events, while the track in Aizkraukle connected the local museum with a nearby parking lot.
Norway ranked third in KPMG’s autonomous vehicle readiness index
Norway ranked third in KPMG’s autonomous vehicle readiness index, thanks to innovative companies such as Kongsberg-based AppliedAutonomy and the #SAMS cluster, a good infrastructure for charging of EVs as well as the public’s willingness to pilot such solutions - and strong political support.
Two of our projects are mentioned in the KPMG AVRI 2020, Kongsberg and Svalbard. We are very proud and will continue our good work on sustainable transport for the future.
The auditing and consulting company KPMG has for the third time produced the report "Autonomous Vehicles Readiness Index", where they have looked at the prerequisites for self-driving vehicles in different countries. Here, Norway is ranked third - clearly at the forefront of the Nordic region, and in fact also ahead of the United States. Singapore and the Netherlands are the top countries.
Press release: First European on-demand self-driving bus to be piloted in Trondheim
Applied Autonomy are currently setting up operations for Europe's first on-demand bus service using a self-driving bus. The service will run in Trondheim starting August 17th and allows citizens to use an app to plan journeys between any of nearly 20 bus stops.
Press release: Applied Autonomy joins strong consortium in H2020 project call to meet worldwide need for autonomous heavy-duty vehicles with high availability
Applied Autonomy has joined a pan-European consortium to submit an application to the European Commission to win funding for a large-scale project aimed at bringing a disruptive change to the trucking industry, fleet operators and the whole logistics sector by contributing to the accelerated deployment of innovative connected and automated freight transport solutions in Europe and around the world. The All Weather Autonomous Real logistics operations and Demonstrations (AWARD) consortium consists of 29 partners and is headed by global autonomous vehicle developer EasyMile.
Applied Autonomy was chosen by an international jury composed of 50 members to participate in a prestigious competition – Nordic Cleantech Open. Olav Madland, the company’s CEO, is thrilled to have been selected and is looking forward to being part of the program, which opens up new networks and facilitates meetings with international investors as well as future partners.
Applied Autonomy provides knowledge and solutions for autonomous transport and relies on its skilled employees, who work as a team to optimally deliver the projects.
We deliver sustainable solutions which will reduce the transport sector’s emissions, says Madland. We would not have received this distinction without our unique collaboration with customers and partners who share our ambitious goals.
Collaboration with funding agencies in Norway and participation in international projects from day one have been our key to success, he says.
Olav Madland, CEO Applied Autonomy AS, receives the Buskerud County Entrepreneur Award.
The award will stimulate innovation and contribute to increased recognition of innovative business activities, and is given on the basis of:
"This year's entrepreneur are ahead of international trends that are largely about urbanization and digitization. Through the collection and compilation of data from multiple sources, the company is able to develop forward-looking management systems. The company will be able to use future transport systems and infrastructure, which will be digitized in a few years. The company got paying pilot customers at an early stage. The jury shows that the company has done well with both timing and solution".
The Xynteo Exchange gathers leaders and practitioners across business to accelerate collaborative action to complex and systemic problems, and re-evaluate growth models that are no longer suited for the future.
Applied Autonomy is a finalist for the Impact Maker Award 2019, tackling the Impact Challenge “Sustainable Transport: How might we shift to sustainable transport systems?”.
The Xynteo Exchange takes place in Oslo, 9-10. October.
Applied Autonomy has been awarded funding from Miljøteknologiordningen at Innovation Norway to develop a tool to help people choose sustainable transportation methods. The Norwegian government has a goal that all increases in city traffic shall be through people walking, biking or using public transportation. Today, static toll roads are the main tool for changing the transport behaviour. This new project aims at developing a more flexible system which considers more factors and therefore might feel more fair for everybody.
Workshop in partnership with Kongsberg Kommune, Statens Vegvesen, Forskningsprosjektet Bevegelse, Kongsberg Technology Park and Spring looking into use cases and how to deploy autonomous maintenance machines. The goal is to improve areas for walking and bicycling, and to make cities safe and clean.
The experience from the demonstrator were very good, both in regards to the Spring1 machine and the control centre of Applied Autonomy including real-time video with Telenor 5G.
Can autonomous transport provide increased mobility for the hearing and vision impaired? The Signo foundation is testing the consept.
Applied Autonomy is mentioned in the 2019 KPMG Autonomous Vehicle Readiness Report as a contribution for Norway's position as number two in Innovation and Technology. Applied Autonomy provides operation, fleet management and regulation of self-driving vehicles. The recognition from KPMG is a confirmation that we as a company provide solutions that are useful for the autonomous vehicle market.
Shared autonomous vehicles are a game changer for urban mobility. Applied Autonomy helps cities and transport companies to bring autonomous vehicles into their transport systems.
The Explorer is a showroom for Norwegian green and sustainable solutions.
Demonstration in the most demanding environment yet, between mainland Norway and the North Pole. It is one of the world's northernmost inhabited areas, and it is known for its rugged and remote terrain of glaciers and tundras. The demonstration was a collaboration among Longyearbyen, Applied Autonomy, Arctic Memory, and Svalbard Bus and Taxi.
TAK City&Lab is not a project, but a way of cooperating and sharing – a collaboration concept with a shared portfolio of projects with a common goal; contributing to sustainable urban development through sustainable mobility.
Read about the activities we conduct in Test Arena Kongsberg.
Applied Autonomy has been awarded a Pilot-T project from The Research Council of Norway together with our partners; University of South-Eastern Norway (USN), Herøya Industrial Park, Kongsberg Technology Park, Nettbuss, Brakar, Telenor, Norwegian Public Roads Administration, Buskerud County, Kongsberg Municipality.
The project "Autonomous Mobility Enabler (AME)" shall develop and test research-based solutions for:
· New business models for the transition to autonomous transport with focus on commercial transport companies and public transport actors.
· New control centre services for connected vehicles which can replace the driver in the vehicle in addition to increase safety and navigability for the transport.
· Structure and organization of complex teat arenas with new technology and new processes that brings the solutions faster to the market.
We are proud to have the new Norwegian Law that makes it possible to start trials of Shared autonomous mobility and piloting of the future of transportation signed by the Minister of Transport and Communications Ketil Solvik-Olsen and the Leader of the Transport Committee Helge Orten.