Volvo autonomous transport consumes 80% less energy than regular buses

The Swedish company Volvo makes big breakthroughs inautonomous transport. Her autopilot trucks have already proven their effectiveness, and by the end of 2019 they will already be used in Norway to transport limestone. The company wants to increase the reliability of its autonomous buses to the same level, and began to test them at a special testing ground at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Transport shows itself from the best side, and this is due to its interesting features.

Polygon of the Institute consists of marked roadssigns, moving models of pedestrians and stations for fast battery charging. The Volvo 7900's test bus recognizes them using sensors, cameras and a satellite system that determines its location to the nearest centimeter. Also, the bus has a special unit that tracks the angle of its inclination. The data collected by all of this electronics is used by artificial intelligence to build routes, stop when pedestrians appear and align traffic on uneven roads.

The passenger compartment of the bus can accommodate 80 passengers and,Interestingly, it consumes 80% less energy than the same transport with a diesel engine. To charge the battery will be used station with a capacity of 300 kW, resembling lampposts. They are installed right on the roads throughout the landfill, and provide fast charging with minimal downtime.

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Testing is expected to prove suitability.buses for driving on busy roads. In addition to Volvo, the development of unmanned public transport involved other companies. For example, in mid-2018, Baidu released the first batch of unmanned buses.

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