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Finnish self-driving technology company Sensible 4 has been chosen to automate electric Dongfeng Sharing-VAN shuttle buses that China’s Dongfeng Motors is bringing to Europe. The buses are aimed to be a part of the transportation network around Europe and provide new services to people’s everyday life.
The Sharing-VAN is manufactured by Dongfeng Motors in China. T-Engineering – a Dongfeng subsidiary based in Sweden – and Sensible 4 will make the autonomous version meet the European quality and safety requirements.
The two partners’ target is to bring an all-weather SAE Level 4 autonomous shuttle bus to the European market in 2022. The shuttle bus will not have a safety driver on board.
The Sharing-VAN shuttle bus will be driven by the first version of Sensible 4’s commercial all-weather autonomous driving software Dawn, which will be launched in 2022 in selected sites in Europe.
Harri Santamala, CEO of Sensible 4, says: “We are delighted with the continuing collaboration as we see our strengths with T-Engineering supporting each other well. Swedish strong competence to renew traditional industry and Finnish software engineering knowledge combined with strong Chinese manufacturing history. We believe it is a big step for the whole autonomous driving scene to bring this high-quality, mass-produced shuttle bus to the European market.”
Sebastian Wallman, Manager Future Mobility of T-Engineering, adds: “We are excited to continue the cooperation with Sensible 4, and take the next steps to make the Sharing-VAN successful in Europe. The vehicles will operate not only in sunny and ideal conditions but in Nordic winter climate as well; and for that the Sensible 4 autonomous driving kit Dawn is a great match.”
In February 2020, Sensible 4 secured 7 million dollars in series A funding round from Japanese investors and the technology has won multiple awards, including 1st place in the Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport 2019 competition and the Finnish Engineering Prize in 2020