Karsan Launches Finland’s First Autonomous Electric Bus

Karsan has delivered an Autonomous e-ATAK electric bus to Vy Group in Tampere, Finland.

The 8-metre vehicle will be operated by REMOTED, a Finish company also based in Tampere.

It has been delivered under a contract signed between Karsan and Norwegian Vy Group in November 2023.

Karsan Autonomous e-ATAK becomes Finland's first self-driving bus
Karsan Autonomous e-ATAK becomes Finland’s first self-driving bus

The Autonomous e-ATAK was developed in cooperation with ADASTEC. It will be Finland’s first full-size autonomous bus to carry passengers under real road conditions.

This model has also previously served passengers at Michigan State University in the US and in Stavanger, Norway.

Karsan CEO Okan Baş said:

“Karsan continues to achieve firsts in the Scandinavian countries. In this context, we are breaking new ground and launching the first autonomous vehicle project in Finland. Karsan Autonomous e-ATAK, which we developed in cooperation with ADASTEC, will now serve in Tampere. We continue to transform the world's transport infrastructure, especially in Europe, through our electric and autonomous vehicles. Karsan is constantly achieving firsts in every market with the sales strategies it has planned.”

The Autonomous e-ATAK delivered to Tampere will operate on a 5.8-kilometre route, serving 17 bus stops and crossing 20 pedestrian paths using Level-4 automated driving technology.

The bus can travel at speeds of up to 40 kilometres per hour under all weather conditions during the day and at night.

It will operate autonomously throughout all operations, including the process of approaching a bus stop and allowing passengers to get on and off, as well as navigating intersections, crossings, and traffic lights along the route.

Dr. Ali Peker, CEO of ADASTEC said:

“As part of our solid cooperation with Karsan and Applied Autonomy, we thank REMOTED for allowing us to launch our project and believing in our vision. We have gained experience from the operations we have carried out under adverse weather conditions for years. Tampere offers the opportunity once again to prepare our automated bus for the roads in Finland and prove the superior performance of our experience and SAE Level-4 automation technology in these challenging circumstances. Our technology, which always prioritizes safety and efficiency, demonstrates the strength of our current collaborations while embodying our shared vision regarding future transport solutions.”

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