Autonomously driving buses will improve the connection at the existing public transport in the future. In Magdeburg, the Otto-von-Guericke-Universitat has begun the preparations for a corresponding pilot project this week. For this purpose, the researcher team made first driving tests with the French minibus EZ10, which offers space for up to Zwolf Fahrzasten, on the edge of the Magdeburg Old Town.
At the attempts this week, the planned test track will first be measured, said Sonke Beckmann from the Institute for Logistics and Material Flow Technology. On Wednesday, the scientist team also tried technical details, such as the automatic ramp for rolling chairs, which should allow barrier-free operation. "From the afterest week, the training of the employees then starts and then the test operation begins", said Beckmann. In the test operation, which should start from August, then interested parties can be made by the intelligent driverless minibus between the Seumestrabe over the star bridge in the city park and back. When exactly the 2.3-kilometer route can be driven, is not fixed yet.
Autonomous moving shuttle
The 1850 kg lightweight minibus EZ10 can, according to the French manufacturer EasyMile Zwolf Fahrgaste (EasyMile speaks partly also of 15 tracks) with a payload up to just under a ton. There are six seats available. Depending on the local provisions, it may be that only the seats are occupied thirst. The vehicle drive in automated operation up to 25 km / h quickly and is suitable for routes up to 5 kilometers long. Between 6 and 10 hours hold the battery through.
There is a lot of space in the vehicle but not: with outdoor mubs of 4.02 m × 2 m × 2.87 m it is quite closely related to the full occupation. The vehicle has for automated driving Lidar sensors, GPS and cameras as well as security features such as emergency stop switches and audio-visual warning alarm.
The video shows the functioning of the small shuttle from EasyMile.
There is also a 3G or 4G connection to the EasyMile Cloud infrastructure and a high-speed Wi-Fi connection for coarse up and downloads for communication between vehicle and infrastructure. In fully automated mode, the vehicle is a programmed route. An operator can also manually control the minibus.
The autonomous buses are considered promising future technology for the last mile, the distance between the place of residence and connection to public transport, such as a train station. With the project AS-URBANOPNV (automated shuttle buss – Urban OPNV), the scientists want to annoy, whether the minibuses, which can drive on call, are an affordable alternative for the rural space.