Sensible 4 Takes its AV Technology to Market

Finnish autonomous driving specialist Sensible 4 has launched its first commercial product claiming driverless capabilities in severe winter conditions without road markings.

Its Dawn platform is the culmination of decades of experience and expertise in the field of outdoor robotics, says the company. It is now ready to be used by automakers as they develop their future Level 4 automation offering. Sensible 4 is seeking to integrate the platform into vehicles entering serial production starting from 2024 with its current and new clients.

The platform’s ‘game-changer’ technology is the claimed ability to cope with all weather conditions without the need for lane markings. Harri Santamala, CEO of Sensible 4, explained: “The ability to conquer new ground stems from Dawn’s features. It is capable of operating in all weather, in darkness, without the need for lane markings and in the presence of ever-changing environmental obstacles and surroundings. Dawn is now ready to be used by OEMs as part of their production line planning. This means we can actively start addressing the transport challenges of today, such as driver shortage, whilst providing a sustainable solution that will help the planet in the future.”

He added that the platform provides SAE level 4 autonomous driving as solutions in one: it enables last mile transport of goods and people in the form of autonomous industrial transport, delivery vehicles, and shuttle buses; it can handle driving without human assistance in limited conditions; and it can be remotely operated. The platform is system agnostic, ensuring its suitability for different vehicle types, with different sensor configurations. The technology is currently being used in Bodø, Norway where Sensible 4 is carrying out the world’s first long-term autonomous driving service North of the Arctic Circle.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_


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