A new autonomous driving pilot will be driven in Tampere Finland at the end of the year 2021. Two Toyota Proaces, automated by Sensible 4, will work as a last-mile shuttle bus service in Tampere, Finland, supporting the new tram line. The Hervanta pilot area is known for its development towards the smart suburb, with 5G coverage and a digital twin version online, so that transport solutions can be tested virtually, before physical location testing.
Finnish autonomous driving software company Sensible 4 has been chosen to drive a pilot in Tampere, Hervanta at the end of the year – the last-mile service will complement the upcoming tram line. The pilot is a part of the EU-funded SHOW project. Two automated Toyota Proaces will be transporting local citizens to tram stops along the 3,1-kilometer pilot route. The pilot will run for two months between December 2021 and February 2022, exact dates will be announced later.
“This time there will be a possibility to utilize the 5G network and we are driving on tram lanes in some parts of the route. It’s essential to have new factors, such as new features or surroundings, in the pilots to develop the technology further”, comments Jussi Suomela, co-founder, and CBO of Sensible 4. Of course, at that time of the year, there will be Nordic winter conditions, which always challenge the software and sensors but make moving in a shuttle pleasant for the passengers.
“I’m really happy to see Tampere city’s will to be a forerunner and take steps towards a smart city environment”, says Suomela. In 2022 Sensible 4 will launch Dawn, commercial driverless shuttle bus software so the pilot will be one of the last stages for the development of Dawn.