On March 7th, the Shotl team were in Helsinki where the first all-weather autonomous electric shuttle was revealed. The vehicle, named Gacha, will be available on public pilot tests, the first of which starts this coming April in the Finnish city of Espoo. This will be shortly followed by trials in Hämeenlinna, Vantaa, and Helsinki before the end of the year.
The minimalistic shuttle was created as part of a collaboration between Japanese design house MUJI, and Sensible4; a Finnish company that developed powerful software which allows the vehicle to connect and engage with real-world situations. Industrial production is predicted to begin in 2021.
Gacha measures 4,5m in length, and is 2,5m wide, and 2,8m high. Its maximum speed is 40km/h and it is able to carry up to 16 passengers (10 seated and 6 standing). It is also fully accessible for people with physical disabilities.
FinIand offers a favorable legal framework in which to test out new autonomous mobility concepts as there are no special requirements for drivers to occupy vehicles on public roads.
ShotI’s cooperation with Sensible4 started back in January as part of the FABULOS program, a project led by the European Commission that's aimed at demonstrating the impact of self-driving minibuses on future public transport networks. Shotl’s mission is to provide a dispatching system that connects users with Gacha in real-time.
This month we chat with Laia Pagès, Executive and Research Manager at Future Mobility Research Hub CARNET and long-time passionate advocate for innovative solutions to mobility challenges. Laia completed her PhD dissertation on Mass Transport Vehicle R
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The local authorities in Montbéliard have taken an important step away from traditional accessibility transport planning and towards 21st-century mobility thanks to Shotl’s new ADAPTIVE app, which enables fairer and more inclusive transport for people