Buses and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore have demonstrated
the world’s first 12-metre autonomous electric bus. The Volvo bus will soon
begin trials on the NTU campus.
85 passenger Volvo 7900 electric bus is equipped with sensors and navigation
controls that are managed by a comprehensive artificial intelligence (AI)
system. Ensuring maximum safety and reliability, the AI system is also
protected with cyber security measures to prevent unwanted intrusions.
Volvo bus has undergone preliminary rounds of rigorous testing at the Centre of
Excellence for Testing and Research of Autonomous vehicles (CETRAN). Plans are
in place to test the bus on NTU campus and to extend the route beyond the
fully autonomous electric bus provides a quiet operation with zero emissions.
It requires 80 per cent less energy than an equivalent sized diesel bus. This
is Volvo’s first autonomous fully electric bus in public transportation.
bus comes with a Volvo autonomous research software that is connected to key
controls and multiple sensors. NTU researchers have enhanced it with an AI
system that communicates with sensors, enabling the bus to operate
includes light detection and ranging sensors (LIDARS), 360-degree cameras and
an advanced global navigation satellite system that uses real-time kinematics.
This is like any global positioning system (GPS), but uses multiple data
sources to give pin-point location accuracy up to one centimetre.
system is hooked-up to an “inertial management unit”, measuring the bus’s
lateral and angular rate. This will improve the bus’s navigation when going
over uneven terrain, ensuring a smooth ride.
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