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Autonomous Driving Pilot in Gjesdal, Norway Opens for Passengers

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Sensible 4 self-driving pilot in Gjesdal, Norway, opens for passengers. The EU-funded Horizon 2020 project FABULOS has been running in Norway since late January without passengers due to local road authorities’ requirements.

The first phase, including 500 hours of autonomous piloting, is conducted without incidents or major issues, and therefore the pilot opened for passengers this Monday.

The passengers can board on and off the autonomous Toyota Proace vehicles from dedicated bus stops at the Ålgård Center and the Myrengveien bus stop at the nearby hill. The ride is free of charge. The pilot is operated with Mobility Forus, a Norwegian company providing professional safety drivers, ensuring a safe ride.

Autonomous Driving Pilot in Gjesdal, Norway - Project Manager Aleksi Tepponen Sensible 4
Aleksi Tepponen, the Project Manager at Sensible 4 – Photo Courtesy of Morten Sivertsen

The opening of the pilot is a major milestone in the FABULOS project, and it’s yet another example of our autonomous driving software’s performance in harsh weather conditions, says Harri Santamala, the CEO of Sensible 4

The pilot is being driven from Monday to Friday from 7:40 in the morning to 7:20 p.m. and from 8:40 to 15:20 on Saturdays. Shuttle-buses leave from the Myrengveien and Amfi bus stops every 10 minutes (excluding safety driver break hours 10-12 and 16-18, then departures are every 20 minutes). The schedule will also be available at the bus stops.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, only two passengers can be taken on board the vehicle; three if the passengers represent the family or same group of people already being in contact with each other.

The self-driving pilot will continue in Gjesdal, Norway, until the 4th of March, the last day of operations.

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