Self-driving car first time in public
The cooperation between Tallinn University of Technology and Silberauto, which started a year ago, has reached an important milestone in the development of Estonia's first self-driving car.
For the first time, the self-driving car, called Iseauto, in a full glory is showcased on Friday, August 10 at the Opinion Festival in Paide.
The self-driving car, completed for the Tallinn University of Technology (TTÜ) 100th anniversary, is a fully self-propelled vehicle that can accommodate four to six people, if necessary. The car’s body was developed and manufactured by Silberauto. Technical solutions such as electronics, sensory and control software have been developed in co-operation with TTÜ students supervised by robotics, IT and Engineering scientists.
According to Raivo Sell, project manager of Iseauto and the research group of self-driving vehicles of the Tallinn University of Technology, the self-driving car project is a very important milestone for both the university and the company. "In a short time the company and the university have solved complex engineering problems and have gained a very valuable experience in the technology of self-driving vehicles and its implementation," he explained. According to him, the project has so far offered a major and interesting challenge for students who have participated in the development of advanced technology and gained practical experience. "The natural continuation of the project is the further development of the prototype, the creation of smart urban space in TTÜ campus and the development of a test environment for self-driving at TTÜ," he added.
According to Väino Kaldoja, Chairman of the Management Board of Silberauto, one of the aims of the project is to set an example to the young and intrigue them in contemporary and future-oriented solutions and learning. "The Iseauto project is a great way to show young people that if there is a vision and will, the realisation is possible; especially due to high-level studies and tangible practice," explained Kaldoja. "I have a great appreciation for all the participants of the project so far, because to achieve such a result in such a short time is a masterpiece!" he added.
In the future, the self-driving car will start driving in the TTÜ campus in Mustamäe, with 72 buildings in 50 hectares, which is really a model of real city space. The campus will also have a smart city test solution with an autonomous charging station, barriers, lighting and an open service platform.
The self-driving car is a development platform for students, researchers and technology companies. Several large companies, such as Telia and ABB, have become interested in the project. Telia is willing to test the power of 5G technology on the vehicle, and ABB wants to test new battery-charging technologies.
The vehicle can be viewed on August 10-11 throughout the day at Estonian Media Display Area in Paide at the Opinion Festival.
For more information, visit the Iseauto website.