In the middle of the night on an abandoned bus lane somewhere in Eindhoven three cars pass by, in the front BMW i3 someone is behind the wheel, the other two vehicles are unmanned. At an appropriate distance and fully automatically they follow the front driver.
Amber, a car-sharing platform, tested for the first time on the public road with their shared cars, at night on a blocked bus lane. To this end, the company worked together with the municipality of Eindhoven and SmartwayZ. Amber called this a successful test and the aim is to introduce platooning as of next year in order to be able to transport cars from hub to hub at night.
Platooning is a form of autonomous driving where the front car is driven by a person, the rest automatically follows the first car, without a driver. A lot of research is being done into this, especially in logistics. In order to be able to drive the cars as a ‘fleet’ Amber has adapted the electric BMW i3’s and equipped them with all kinds of sensors so that the following cars drive at the right speed and keep a good distance from their predecessor. For this, the company called in the help of the Eindhoven Vention.
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