VWN, Moia and Argo AI: Schedule for Autonomous Ridepooling in Hamburg

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VWN, Moia and Argo AI: Schedule for Autonomous Ridepooling in Hamburg-ridepooling

Europe’s first autonomous ridepooling project accepts form: in the presence of DR. Anjes Tjarks, Senator for Transport and Mobility Transport in Hamburg, have the partners Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWN), Moia and Argo Ai a few days ago the plans for the pilot project and the prototypes of the ID. Buzz AD presented. The aim is to develop an autonomous, internationally scalable ridepooling system in Hamburg by 2025. The Hamburg pilot project for autonomous driving is a cooperation of the three companies. In combination, they develop all necessary components and processes to realize driverless Ridepooling in 2025.

“For Moia as mobility service and fleet operators, autonomous driving is an important part of our business model. Cities around the world want to make their traffic more efficient and climate-friendly. Autonomous Ridepooling can improve urban mobility, increase road safety and thus make the cities into more vital places.”- Robert Henrich, CEO Moia

The first autonomous vehicle of the Volkswagen Group, the ID. Buzz AD, is developed by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and Argo AI, a world-leading technology company for autonomous driving from the USA. Argo AI, which also cooperates with Ford in addition to VW, develops the self-driving system, the heart of the autonomous vehicle consisting of hardware and software, which allows a 360 degree view around the vehicle. As a mobility service provider, Moia is the missing block to develop an autonomous ridepooling service from an autonomous vehicle and a self-propelled system.

“Volkswagen invests with AD in the future of mobility. It underlines the strategic change from a car manufacturer to a world leader, software-powered mobility provider, “says Christian Senger, Head of Autonomous Driving at VWN. The joint pilot project calls as a pioneer for the development of autonomous mobility services of Volkswagen: “In Hamburg, we create the basics for the development and testing of technologies and operations along the multi-layered value chain of a mobility service”.

Holistic Development Project: Technology, Operation and Customer Feedback

In order to prepare the secure use of the autonomous vehicles, Argo Ai missing from the fourth quarter 2021 in a first step the road trains of the initial test area. For this, the ARGO test vehicles in manual operation are driven by the city to capture the road infrastructure and local traffic regulations in the test area. The location and distances of traffic lights, bike paths road signs and other traffic signs is recorded during this process. Two specially trained safety drivers will control the vehicles on the mapping and subsequent testing for autonomous driving on Hamburg’s roads.

After completing the first test and development phase, VWN, Moia and Argo before public operation in 2025 want to perform test drives with and without passengers to optimally test the operations and user experience of an automated pooling service. This includes testing the tasks in the vehicle, which are currently being accepted by the driver: increases the right person, the number of persons is right, sitting all persons on their places, the luggage is well stowed and who is the contact person for the customers questions?

The development of the necessary technology to map these tasks makes Moia. “We have extensive experience in fleet operation. Now we automate the processes in the service, such as the interaction between drivers and passengers, and the fleet management, “explains Moia-Ceo Henrich.

Test area for autonomous driving east of the Alster

The initial test area is east of the Alster. It includes parts of Winterhude, Uhlenhorst and Hohenfelde and should be gradually expanded. The test area was selected based on different criteria. The main criterion was to develop the autonomous ride pooling under real conditions where it can develop the greatest effect. The districts of Winterhude, Uhlenhorst and Hohenfelde offer ideal conditions for this: they have complex road conditions with many traffic challenges. At the same time, autonomous ridepooling can be involved in addition to public transport in accordance with public transport. In addition, the area is located near the Moia Department in Wandsbek, where the ad test fleet will be stationed.

Thanks to extensive tester experiences in several cities, Argo has one of the largest test farms for autonomous driving, which now extends over eight urban areas. Argo will use the findings for almost five years of testing in the US to many of the road types and scenarios that prevail in Europe. ARGO tests its self-propelled system continuously through development tests in the laboratory, virtual tests in a simulated environment and on two closed test tracks, including a plant in Munich.

“The operation on public roads is a privilege we take very seriously at Argo,” says Reinhard Stolle, Vice President of Argo Munich. “Safety has top priority in the development and testing of our self-propelled system, and we continue to engage in autonomous driving technology that improves the way we move in cities – not just for the people who ride in our vehicles but for those who share the street.”The autonomous vehicles on the future ID. Buzz based, use a combination of lidar, radar and camera systems. This ensures reliable detection of the environment both in the immediate vicinity of the vehicle as well as a further distance of 400 meters.

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3 thoughts on “VWN, Moia and Argo AI: Schedule for Autonomous Ridepooling in Hamburg”

  1. 2025 In Germany, I find very respectable.

    However, I have to admit that it irritates me that VW sets the first milestone in this field. So far, I was assumed that there is a high level of competence at IT high-tech companies in this area. Whether Waymo, Mobileye, Nvidia and who there are everything there. There is a lot of competence and there are successful field tests as in Phoenix. On the other hand, the roots of autonomous driving in Germany, where at the end of the eighties at the University of the Bundeswehr in Munich, had been made successful.

    What, on the other hand, is not surprised, is that concrete plans are no longer heard from a well-known charming of electric car scene. There you probably drove with the only camera solution on the siding, as the current examination of the US traffic safety authority shows.

  2. With the electric shuttle “Easy Miles”

    https: // www.Electric car news.NET / 2021 / How-Es-EasyMiles Autonomous Electric Shuttle-EZ10 stands # Comments

    Since today in HH, passengers can also ride variable drivers autonomously and order a train via app or call:

    https: // http://www.NDR.DE / News / Hamburg / Bergedorf Minibuses-take-off-Now-also-Fahrgaeste-with, Bergedorf546.HTML

  3. Everything is previously measured and stored. How does the system react to construction sites that are infrastructure and gain in our ailing infrastructure?


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