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Finnish self-driving technology company Sensible 4 OY and Germany’s MOOVE GmbH have announced an autonomous shuttle bus collaboration. The new AV and the partnership were unveiled at Slush, a start-up event in the Finnish capital, Helsinki.
Sensible 4 will automate the PeopleMover, a customisable vehicle that can carry up to 19 passengers.
Trials with the automated PeopleMover will take place in February 2022, in Aachen, Germany.
The two partners’ target is to bring the all-weather SAE Level 4 autonomous shuttle bus to the European market in 2023.
The self-driving shuttle bus will not require a safety driver on board.
Sensible 4 autonomous driving software has been tested continuously in Nordic weather conditions, for example in Norway and Finland as well as in Switzerland.
MOOVE develops sustainable, electric and ultimately driverless commercial vehicles.
Stefan Miltenyi, CEO, MOOVE GmbH, says: “We are excited about this partnership, bringing highly automated Level 4 driving to our Mover platform and serving customers with specific automatic and autonomous solutions.”
Harri Santamala, CEO, Sensible 4, adds: “We are thrilled to announce our collaboration with MOOVE. With their strong German manufacturer knowledge combined with our technology, we are challenging the traditional automotive companies bringing new competitive solutions to the market.”
In February 2020, Sensible 4 secured 7 million dollars in series A funding round from Japanese investors.
Its 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.