The first generation of shuttle buses called Iseauto was developed in cooperation between Auve Tech and Tallinn University of Technology. The project started in 2017 and the first shuttle bus was turned from an idea to reality in just a year.
Iseauto is an autonomous electric shuttle bus that aims to change the future of mobility in various use cases. It is designed for operating at low speeds with a maximum cruising speed of 25 km/h. The shuttle can fit up to 8 passengers or cargo.
Iseauto could be deployed in airports and harbours to ease the commute for staff in large service areas. It could also function as a mode of transport in hospital, university or science park campuses or in suburban areas and gated communities to close the last mile gap in public transportation. Iseauto could also be used as an autonomous transportation for cargo.
The shuttle bus operates on pre-mapped routes and uses LIDARs to observe the surrounding environment and react to obstacles. It also features ultrasonic sensors, cameras and radars. The shuttle can be operated with pre-set stops or as a demand-responsive transportation with the help of a mobile application. Auve Tech is also testing the teleoperation of the shuttles.
Auve Tech is taking part of the Horizon 2020 FABULOS project where it belongs to the Mobile Civitatem Consortium together with Modern Mobility, Tallinn University of Technology and Fleet Complete. The consortium has made it to the third phase which mean that the shuttle bus will be implemented in real-life solutions. The shuttle bus will be tested in Ülemiste City in Tallinn and in Lamia, Greece.
Currently, the shuttle is actively tested in the Zoo of Tallinn, where it will soon start public rides for the visitors. Auve Tech is also developing a self-driving hydrogen-powered shuttle in cooperation with the University of Tartu and a supercapacitor shuttle together with Skeleton Technologies.