Unmanned public transport experiment begins in Europe

Unmanned public transport experiment begins in Europe


After 18 months of preparation, the FABULOS Automated Public Transport Management System project was approved for testing in five European cities. The development and development of the Future Automated Bus Urban Level Operation System (FABULOS) unmanned transport program began with EU support in January 2018.

Three compact unmanned shuttle buses of the Finnish-Spanish company Sensible4-Shotl, as well as the Norwegian Saga and the Canadian consortium Mobile Civitatem take part in the program. The objective of the program is to create an automated public transport system and test the possibility of its integration into the existing infrastructure of European cities.

The pilot launch of the program took place last month in the Finnish capital, the city of Helsinki. Next month, trials will begin in the Norwegian commune of Esdal, as well as in the capital of Estonia, Tallinn. Also this year, an experiment with unmanned public transport will be carried out in the Greek city of Lamia and the Dutch Helmond.

Residents of these five cities will be offered unmanned shuttle transport services for 50 days. During this time, the organizers are going to assess the functionality and safety of minibuses.

In the same Helsinki, where tests have already begun, a mini-fleet of three unmanned buses moves along the ring route with varying degrees of workload. It includes the intersection of several intersections with traffic lights, with right turns, roundabouts, and also takes into account the presence of stops and parking lots.

Passengers can expect the arrival of these buses at stops, as well as check the schedule of their movement and even call using the mobile application. Nobody controls the buses, except for the computer that monitors everything, as well as a remote monitoring system. If necessary, operators can also remotely take control of unmanned public transport.

When the tests are completed, the parties interested in the project will be able to conduct their own assessment of the extent of the necessary modernization in the local infrastructure. For example, to create and optimize a system for remote monitoring and fleet management of unmanned vehicles, ensure their safety, and so on.

If everything goes well, there is a chance that the unmanned public transport project at the state level in European countries could be launched in 2021.

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