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New partners sign up to self-driving mobility trials in Norway

The purpose of the self-driving vehicle trials is to explore ways to integrate autonomous vehicles into Ruter’s public transport service and provide new mobility services.

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The aim is to introduce a service in the town of Ski in the Nordre Follo municipality
The aim is to introduce a service in the town of Ski in the Nordre Follo municipality

A four-way agreement between Ruter, Holo, Toyota Motor Europe, and Sensible 4 paves the way for Toyota vehicles retrofitted with autonomous driving software to be deployed in the next phase of Ruter’s self-driving trials.

 

Ruter, which is the public transportation authority for Oslo, and mobility company Holo, commenced their first trials of self-driving public transport in Oslo last year. The purpose of the self-driving vehicle trials is to explore ways to integrate autonomous vehicles into Ruter’s public transport service and provide new mobility services.

 

Norwegian pilot

 

Sensible 4 brings its all-weather autonomous driving system to the Norwegian pilot. In the new collaboration between the partners, the aim is to introduce a service in the town of Ski in the Nordre Follo municipality, greater Oslo, this autumn.

 

Challenging weather conditions like snow, rain and fog is usually a big problem for self-driving cars, according to Sensible 4. But the company claims its software solution enables self-driving in all weather conditions and environments, which is crucial for the harsh Scandinavian climate.

 

“This partnership offers us crucial experience so we can continue to build our lead as the largest operator of autonomous vehicles in Europe. Holo wants to move mobility forward, for good,” said Jakob Münter, director of finance and planning at Holo.

 

“To be able to do that, we actively seek as much operational experience as possible with different types of autonomous vessels.”

 

In previous phases of the trials, autonomous shuttle buses from French company Navya have operated on the routes of Akershusstranda and Ormøya in Oslo.

 

“Today, we see that consumers are increasingly choosing to pay for the trip rather than the vehicle. This is where we see a huge potential,” continued Münter.

“We expect that together we can provide a smarter and more sustainable transportation form to people in their everyday life.”

“Deploying different vehicles on a new route in Ski is an exciting opportunity for Holo. We aim to build a mobility cloud where individuals subscribe to mobility. With the vehicles from Toyota Motor Europe, we can answer a more diverse mobility need.”

 

“We believe the future of transportation will be autonomous and shared. This project with Ruter, Holo, Toyota Motor Europe and Sensible 4 enables self-driving cars to become a part of public transportation,” added Harri Santamala, CEO of Sensible 4.

 

“We expect that together we can provide a smarter and more sustainable transportation form to people in their everyday life.”

 

Danish company Holo reports it has transported more than 40,000 passengers in pilot projects across Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia and Denmark. Holo is responsible for the daily operations of Ruter’s autonomous vehicle trials.

 

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