For Test Arena Kongsberg - City&Lab the technology is not a goal in itself, but seen as a tool to develop sustainable mobility.
We are organized as a cooperation with a steering committee, workgroups, test sites, with a very interesting project portfolio. These are our labs, and what we, together with our partners learn and produce are presented in our Toolbox.
Interreg.no: En liten transportrevolusjon ruller på veiene i Kongsberg
Interreg published an article about the self-driving bus project in Kongsberg, detailing the background of the project and setting it in the wider context of future transport ecosystems.
See the full article here (in Norwegian):
First in northern Europe: Self-driving bus without safety operator on board deployed in Herøya industrial park
Norway's first autonomous shuttle service without an operator on board was opened on 30.10.2020 at Herøya industrial park in Porsgrunn by the Norwegian prime minister Erna Solberg, who was also the first passenger on board the service.
Also present were Guri Melby, minister of Education and leader of the Liberal Party, and Kjell Ingolf Ropstad, minister of Children, Family and Church Affairs and leader of the Christian Democratic Party.
The pilot is a joint project between Herøya Industripark, Vy, Yara, Applied Autonomy and City & Lab.
The partners in the winning concept gathered at Vy before the award ceremony on 23 September, with correct Covid 19 distancing. From the left: Johnny Gjerseth (GoMobile), Olav Madland (Applied Autonomy), Jørgen Kiær (Vy), Ida Foseid Dillekås (Vy), Per Arne Lislien (Sigdal Utvikling), Ingar Vaskinn (Kongsberg municipality).
Successful collaboration: innovation competition Norefjell - green and seamless mobility for visitors and residents
The contributions "Best without car" and "Testarena Norefjell" chose to combine their solutions into a joint contribution that won the innovation competition. The concept is driven by Applied Autonomy, Vy, Go Mobile and Sigdal development. Other contributors to the concept are Sigdal Municipality, Kongsberg Municipality, Brakar, DRMA Architects and a number of other partners.
In March, Krødsherad municipality announced an open innovation competition for green and seamless mobility for Norefjell for visitors and residents, together with Innovation Norway, Nordic Edge and Doga. Testarena Kongsberg By & Lab is a national arena where public and private actors collaborate on development and innovation to realise new sustainable mobility through the use of new solutions and technologies. It was proposed that expertise and partners from Kongsberg could increase the level of innovation and add value in mountainous regions such as Norefjell.
Simple - Local - Climate-friendly - Profitable
The solutions used will be attractive to visitors and residents, with national players such as Vy, Applied Autonomy and Go Mobile actively investing in collaborations with local businesses in the Testarena Norefjell. Such cooperations provide an opportunity for local business development at the same time allowing national actors to scale nationally and internationally.
See full details in the Norwegian press release.
The Kongsberg company Applied Autonomy nominated Top 25 most innovative startups in the Nordic countries
For nine years, the Nordic Cleantech Open competition has acted as a monitor for the innovation trends in cleantech solutions that will contribute to a future with a low carbon footprint. A total of 140 candidates from the Nordic and Baltic countries have been registered for the competition. The 25 most innovative, promising and scalable companies are nominated. They are nominated by a jury of 51 international experts.
Kick-off Phase 2 - Driving completely without a host on board
Three years have passed since we started the initiative at City&Lab for autonomous transport in cities, and Kongsberg became a partner in The Sohjoa Baltic project. We have demonstrated, piloted and developed opportunities for self-driving first-last mile minibus transport.
Brakar AS now runs the world's most advanced route for autonomous bus transport, in ordinary scheduled operations in Kongsberg. The key to this success is the collaboration between the players, first and foremost The Kongsberg municipality, The Norwegian Public Roads Administration, The technology industry in Kongsberg by Applied Autonomy, The Viken County, ITS-Norway, the University of Southeast Norway, the PTA Brakar and the PTO VY.
On January 23, there was a seminar in Kongsberg that marked the kick-off for the next phase of development, driving completely without a host on board. The autonomous minibus drove without anyone aboard at the Church Square, communicated with traffic lights, stopped at bus stops and stopped for unforeseen obstacles. The demonstration of the technology was very successful and went exactly as planned.
The 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are a call for action by all countries to promote prosperity while protecting the environment. Activities in City&Lab are especially rooted in goals 8, 9, 11 and 13.
“Areas that can drive progress across all 17 SDGs: financing; resilience; sustainable and inclusive economies; more effective institutions; local action; better use of data; and harnessing science, technology and innovation with a greater focus on digital transformation. In everything we do, we must diligently ensure that policy choices leave no one behind, and that national efforts are supported by effective international cooperation, grounded in a commitment to diplomacy and crisis prevention.”
(The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2019)
Increase economic productivity through diversification, technological modernization and innovation, with emphasis on profitable and labor-intensive sectors.
Work on measures against climate change, in national policies, strategies and planning.
Develop reliable, sustainable and robust, high-quality infrastructure, including regional and cross-border infrastructure, to support economic development and quality of life, with an emphasis on affordability and equal access for all.
By 2030, ensure that everyone has access to safe, accessible and sustainable transport systems at an affordable price, and improve road safety, in particular through the development of public transport and with emphasis on the needs of people in vulnerable situations; children, people with disabilities and elderly people.