World’s 1st autonomous hydrogen vehicle to be presented in Tartu

  • 2021-07-05
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - The presentation of the first autonomous hydrogen vehicle in the world, created by the Estonian enterprise Auve Tech in cooperation with University of Tartu researchers, will take place in front of the main building of the University of Tartu on Monday, July 5, at 11 a.m.

At about 11:30 a.m., President Kersti Kaljulaid will take the first ride on the hydrogen shuttle bus, the University of Tartu said in a press release.

The hydrogen shuttle, which at the beginning of June successfully drove its first test kilometers and was authorized by the Estonian Road Administration to travel on public roads, was completed thanks to the collaboration that started in February this year. The vehicle is powered by low-temperature hydrogen cells, which were developed at the University of Tartu and produce energy from hydrogen right inside Auve Tech’s autonomous shuttle.

The hydrogen bus seats up to six passengers and is primarily aimed at enhancing last-mile transportation. Like other Auve Tech’s vehicles, the shuttle can drive without human interference both on public roads and in closed areas; its movements can be monitored and, if necessary, corrected remotely.