Sensible 4 Targets Swiss City Center in Latest AV Pilot

Finnish autonomous driving specialist Sensible 4 has begun its latest driverless pilot trial in the more complex environment of a Swiss city center.

The company has teamed up with the Swiss Transit lab (STL) to start a long-term automated driving service in the city of Schaffhausen. The service, planned to run until the end of 2024, is the country’s first automated driving service with dual-mode technology.

As part of the project, the electric Toyota Proace Verso, automated by Sensible 4, will navigate a 1.2-mile route through mixed traffic, operating in close proximity to other vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists. The vehicle is partially integrated into the public transportation system and equipped with dual-mode technology, enabling it to operate both autonomously and manually. To ensure compliance with safety and legal regulations, the vehicle will have a safety driver on board at all times. STL Line 13 offers a free service between Schaffhausen’s main train station and the new Stahlgiesserei district.

Harri Santamala, CEO of Sensible 4, said: “The STL Line 13 project is particularly exciting for Sensible 4, as it is our first long-term deployment in central Europe. Although we have extensive experience in carrying out deployments worldwide, this project offers us a unique opportunity to reach and demonstrate our capabilities to Schaffhausen’s prestigious business community.”

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

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