Absolutely extraordinary

28.02.2022  — 

An autonomous shuttle is now on the road in Leipzig. The eCrafter, modified as part of the innovation project “Absolut”, will be gathering test kilometres over the coming months. The shuttle will be driving the seven-kilometre test route from the Messe S-Bahn station to the BMW Group facility in Leipzig at local driving speeds.

Not only does it run on electricity, it is also highly automated: The Absolut eCrafter. (Copyright: SAENA GmbH)

As a project partner, IAV is responsible for equipping the vehicle with the necessary driving functions and safe interfaces and for commissioning the shuttle on site. The project managers are Leipziger Verkehrsbetriebe (LVB).

The IAV engineering team is also using experience gained from the HEAT project in Hamburg. In 2021, the HEAT Shuttle, which had been transporting passengers through HafenCity fully autonomously and with a link to the Hamburg Hochbahn control centre since summer, was one of the highlights at the ITS World Congress in the Hanseatic city.

After completion of the project phase that has now started, the first passengers should be able to take their seats in the Absolut Shuttle before the end of this year. In addition, the consortium around LVB is aiming for a licence for a maximum speed up to 70 km/h. The newly tested transport service is intended to be integrated into LVB’s services as an on-demand service in the future. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection.

In addition to the eCrafter, a futuristic-looking shuttle will also start operation in the future. (Copyright: SAENA GmbH)

You can find more information about “Absolut” in the LVB press release.