Companies including Toyota Motor Europe (TME), mobility company Holo and Finnish firm Sensible 4 have announced a collaboration to trial self-driving vehicles as an integrated part of the general public transport service in Oslo for a year.
The vehicle taking to the Norwegian capital’s roads is the Toyota Proace, equipped with autonomous driving software from the self-driving technology company Sensible 4. The partners say the Proace is the right model to support this automated transportation solution with room for up to 6 passengers and equipped with a wheelchair ramp.
Sensible 4 says the aim of the self-driving vehicle trials is to explore ways to integrate autonomous vehicles into Ruter’s (the transport operator in Oslo) public transport service and reduce the need for personal car use within the area.
The service are going to be called line 529 and can operate for a period of one year. By operating for such a long time, the partners hope they’re going to ready to thoroughly test and make sure that the software truly works in all weather conditions in real-life situations.