Swedish company Volvo is making great breakthroughs in the field of Autonomous vehicles. Her trucks with the autopilot already proved its effectiveness, and at the end of 2019, they will be used in Norway for transportation of limestone. The company wants to increase the reliability of its Autonomous buses to the same level, and beginning to test them on the special ground of the Technological University of Nanyang in Singapore. Transport shows his best side, and that give to its interesting features.
The polygon of the Institute consists of marked roads, signs, moving patterns of pedestrians and stations for the rapid charging of the battery. The test bus Volvo 7900 recognizes them with the help of sensors, cameras and a satellite system that indicates its place to the nearest centimeter. Also the bus has a special unit that tracks the angle of it. Data collected throughout this electronics uses artificial intelligence to build the trails, stop at the appearance of pedestrians and alignment of the movement on uneven roads.
The interior of the bus is placed 80 passengers and, interestingly, it consumes 80% less energy than the same vehicles with diesel engine. To charge the battery will use power stations with a capacity of 300 kW, resembling lampposts. They are installed directly near roads throughout the landfill site, and provides fast charging with minimum downtime.
It is expected that testing will prove the suitability of the buses for traffic on busy roads. In addition to Volvo, the development of unmanned public transport do other companies. For example, in mid-2018 Baidu released the first batch of unmanned buses.