Estonian based Auve, a company that specialises on the development and manufacturing of autonomous transportation systems, has partnered up with The University of Tartu scientists in order to develop an autonomous shuttle bus with hydrogen power cell.
The cooperation will firstly develop next-generation fuel cells that operate at significantly lower temperatures than the previous products available on the market. This ensures a significantly longer life for these devices and also increases their safety significantly. The next step is to implement the fuel cell as the main power source of Iseauto. This enables Auve shuttle bus to tackle the efficiency of public transportation for positive environmental impact. Hydrogen powered self-driving vehicle is expected to be completed by mid-2021.
The shuttle, Iseauto, is aimed at enhancing last-mile transportation by offering alternative means of transport in closed areas and mixed traffic environments that are safe, smart and sustainable. The vehicle is the core of a service that fills the gap in first and last mile transportation while making it as comfortable and flexible as possible for everyday commuting. Making the public transportation chain seamless and complete within the existing infrastructure is the easiest way to reduce the usage of personal vehicles.