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.
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.