In Málaga, Southern Spain, an autonomous electric bus is currently being tested in public service. The bus selected and adapted for this test is the Irizar „ie bus 12“ model, a 100% zero emissions electric vehicle with dual driving mode, manual mode and automatic mode („autopilot“). It is 12 metres long and has capacity for 60 passengers.
This first autonomous bus is the fruit of the „AutoMost“ project funded by the CDTI (Centre for Industrial Technological Development) of the Ministry of Economy of Spain which aims to develop technologies for the automation of vehicles in urban and industrial transport applications, in order to make significant increases in efficiency, safety and sustainability. Avanza participates as an operator with 11 partners, including the Irizar Group through Irizar e-mobility and Datik. The project also has the participation of the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Insia, CEIT-IK4 and the University of Vigo.
The bus will use a high-precision positioning and guidance system and will be connected to a control centre from which specific instructions can be sent to each unit and the bus(es) can be monitored and their itineraries accessed in real time.
In the words of Hector Olabegogeaskoetxea, Managing Director of Irizar e-mobility: “We believe that this bus is ready to begin the pilot test in real operating conditions on a public highway, in a real traffic situation in the city of Malaga. This is the first test of this type with a bus of this size in Spain. These tests will undoubtedly provide data and experience in daily practical operation, which will contribute to progress in this great challenge for the future of the Irizar Group ”.
Based on information provided by Irizar28.01.2020