The newly signed contract between four companies Ruter, mobility company Holo, Toyota Motor Europe, and Sensible 4 paves the way for Toyota vehicles retrofitted with Sensible 4’s autonomous driving software to be deployed in the next phase of Ruter’s self-driving vehicle trials.
Sensible 4 brings its all-weather autonomous driving system to the Norwegian pilot with Toyota vehicles. In a new collaboration between the partners, the aim is to launch a new service in Nordre Follo municipality, in the greater Oslo area this autumn.
Harri Santamala, Sensible 4 CEO, said: “We believe the future of transportation will be autonomous and shared. This project with Ruter, Holo, Toyota Motor Europe and Sensible 4 enables self-driving cars to become a part of public transportation. We expect that together we can provide a smarter and more sustainable transportation form to people in their everyday life.”
Challenging weather conditions like snow, rain and fog is usually a big problem for self-driving cars. But Sensible 4’s software solution enables self-driving in all weather conditions and environments, which is crucial for the harsh Scandinavian climate.
The purpose of the self-driving vehicle trials is to explore ways to integrate autonomous vehicles into Ruter’s public transport service and provide new mobility services. Having already established two autonomous shuttle routes in Oslo, the focus is now being shifted to suburban environments outside the city itself – more precisely towards the town of Ski in Nordre Follo municipality.
Ruter which is the public transportation authority for Oslo and mobility company Holo commenced their first trials of self-driving public transport in Oslo last year. Danish company Holo is Europe’s leading operator of self-driving vehicles, having conducted pilot projects in five different countries. Holo is responsible for the daily operations of Ruter’s autonomous vehicle trials.
Sensible 4 is a Finnish self-driving technology company developing full-stack software for autonomous vehicles. Their unique technology combines information from multiple sensors (sensor fusion), allowing their self-driving cars to operate even in the most challenging of weather conditions. Sensible 4 recently raised $7 million from Japanese tech investors in their Series A round. Their technology was awarded Best Startup at the prestigious Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Cars in October 2019, and their autonomous shuttle bus GACHA has collected multiple design awards.