Press announcement: Oslo is going to be self-driving
The Norwegian transport company Ruter and Autonomous Mobility, have started a partnership to test autonomous vehicles in the Oslo region
Testing self-driving vehicles
Autonomous Mobility and Ruter will implement pilot projects with self.driving vehicles in Oslo and Akerhus.
The partners wish to gradually introduce autonomous solutions to the users and market, and through that learn more about the customer needs, as well as contributing to the push for implementing new and innovative mobility services.
Ruter is part of a close collaboration with Bymiljøetaten in Oslo and the norwegian states road directory, which aims to test autonomous solutions in the entire region. Ruter is looking forward to involving Autonomous Mobility in this collaboration and learning from the experience and implementation related knowledge that Autonomous Mobility has built up. The learnings from this project is going to be shared, to benefit other players in the market as well.
More detailed plans will be made in the foreseeable future, but it is an ambition to get autonomous vehicles on the roads as soon as possible.
“We are happy to join this partnership, where we are working towards making the citizens of Oslo mere self-driving. We see a great potential for implementing ambitious pilot projects, where we can test various use cases and develop the self-driving service - and in more challenging weather conditions, than we are used to” says Peter Sorgenfrei, CEO in Autonomous Mobility.
Ambitious research and development potential
The first self-driving vehicles were introduced i mixed traffic on norwegian roads i June 2018. After just a few months of driving, there a lot of experience to be taken from the project - about the user experience in the new type of vehicle, the maturity of the technology and the operation itself. The partners will use these learnings and build on them for this new project in Oslo.
In spite of the positive feedback from customers, it will still take some time, before it is possible to offer real, flexible services, which move users effectively from point-to-point over longer distances.
Autonomous Mobility is a Danish start-up, owned by the Semler Group. We are already operators of pilot projects in Denmark and Sweden and are looking forward to taking on an active role in developing and implementing autonomous vehicles in the norwegian market as well.
“We are very happy to have such an exciting and progressive company as Autonomous Mobility, on board for the further work on establishing self-driving solutions in the region. They will be an important partner for us going forward, and together we can create even better solutions for our customers and contribute to a more sustainable and competitive region” says Endre Angelvik, Vice President for Mobility Services at Ruter.
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