According to the British "Daily Mail" reported on March 5, Volvo will launch the world's first fully automatic driverless electric bus in Singapore, which is currently in the experimental stage. The bus is a Volvo 7900 single-layer electric bus developed by Volvo and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. It is 12 meters long and can accommodate up to 80 passengers.
During the Volvo Ocean Race in Göteborg, Sweden, in June 2018, the Volvo Group presented its first fully-automated driving bus to special guests. This groundbreaking solution introduces an automated operating system based on a pure electric city bus that Volvo Buses has already produced.
This 12-meter self-driving bus provides passengers with a safer and more comfortable travel experience. When starting and stopping, the acceleration and braking of the vehicle are very smooth and soft; when stopping, the bus can always stop at the same position and keep the same distance from the platform so that the passenger can get off the bus. In addition, the bus is equipped with a variety of sensors to continuously monitor the surrounding environment of the vehicle. The information collected by the sensor helps the vehicle to achieve precise navigation, and can identify the target approaching the vehicle in the future, so as to adjust the speed or stop accordingly to avoid accidents. In addition to smooth and efficient operation, this pure electric self-driving bus has the advantages of being environmentally friendly and saving energy.
A Volvo spokesman said the bus will be tested on the Nanyang Technological University campus and the test will be extended to public roads.
At the same time, Volvo has built a mini-town in Nanyang Technological University with crossroads, traffic lights, bus stops and crosswalks to provide a real environment for testing unmanned cars and It will be used to assess the ability of an unmanned vehicle to enter the car wash and whether it can be safely docked at the charging station. All test data obtained will be used to improve the technology. Before the vehicle is officially on the road, rigorous tests will be carried out. It is expected that the unmanned bus will be put into use as early as 2022.
Hakan Agnevall, president of Volvo Buses, said the bus was "the world's first large-scale, self-driving electric bus." In addition, he said in an interview: "We really think that autonomous vehicles can really change public transportation. This is about safety, it is about operational efficiency, and it also creates new opportunities for urban planning."
In the city of Singapore, zero-emission vehicles can save 80% of energy compared to diesel vehicles. It is hoped that the operation of the bus will help Singapore move forward in deploying autonomous public transport.