DUTCH CITY OF EINDHOVEN THE FIRST TO LAUNCH SELF-DRIVING CARS FOR COMMERCIAL USE
Eindhoven in the Netherlands, will be the first city in the world to implement self-driving cars for large-scale commercial use. Steven Nelemans, CEO at the Dutch company Amber, made the announcement at the Hannover Messe, in Germany.
Together with several development partners including TomTom, KPN, TNO, NVIDIA, Microsoft, and the local Dutch municipalities of Eindhoven and Helmond, Amber plans to equip electric cars currently used in their business-to-business mobility service with automated driving capabilities. Amber plans to have the self-driving cars on the road in Eindhoven by mid-2018, expanding the service rapidly from there to the rest of the Netherlands and Europe. Companies in the Eindhoven region already using the Amber service will be the first to benefit from this new technology.
In the project, TomTom will act as the map service provider, and KPN will provide the network necessary for location determination and data communication. TNO will take care of the implementation of the vehicle automation software and testing of the sensors and cameras. The municipalities of Eindhoven and Helmond also play an important role.
Amber is an Eindhoven-based startup that has recently drawn international attention for the development of its own modular, autonomous, and customizable electric car designed specifically to be shared. Through their car sharing service called Amber Mobility, Amber plans to offer both business and private users across Europe on-demand access to a car at all times and within walking distance, for just 33 euro per week.