First publishedon www.ITSInternational.com
Ride-sharing company Bolt has joined forces with the University of Tartu (UT) in Estonia to develop technology for SAE Level 4 autonomous vehicles (AV).
The partners intend to carry out AV pilots in urban areas and integrate AVs onto Bolt’s on-demand transportation platform by 2026.
Jevgeni Kabanov, chief product officer at Bolt - formerly Taxify - says: “Rather than developing our own vehicle, the goal of this project is to build our self-driving technology with a focus on software and maps, on top of existing platforms and open-source software.”
Anne Jääger, head of industry collaboration at UT institute of computer science, says: “Our scientists will support Bolt in developing self-driving vehicle-based services and by involving students in lab experiments we’ll prepare them for future careers in the field of autonomous technologies.”
Vehicles equipped with self-driving technology are expected to be deployed for road tests in early 2020.