Poland gears up to test driverless minibus
A driverless minibus will be tested in the Polish city of Gdańsk this autumn as part of an ERDF-funded Baltic Sea region project aimed at promoting the benefits of automated public transport.
The EZ10 electric vehicle was built by scientists at the University of Helsinki in Finland and can carry up to nine people at a time. Scanning its surroundings with special sensors as it travels along a predefined route at about 20 km/h, it can detect obstacles and react accordingly.
To determine whether the minibus can safely be put to widespread and regular use in Gdańsk’s city centre and elsewhere, it will shuttle visitors to the local zoo along a quiet road throughout the month of September. A supervisor will be on board at all times to monitor operations.
The test is one of several taking place in Denmark, Estonia, Norway and Latvia over the coming months as part of the EUR 3.8 million Sohjoa Baltic project, which receives funding through the Interreg – Baltic Sea Region Programme. The aim of the project is to show that automated vehicles can boost the efficiency of public transport while helping to cut air pollution and operational costs.
Source article on https://dziennikbaltycki.pl/ 29/04/19
Author: Maciej Pietrzak
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