22 Jun 2019


Initiated in 2017, the STAR project, Rapid Autonomous Transport System, which aims to develop the first autonomous bus, capable of operating under conditions similar to a real exploitation, should give rise to a prototype early 2021. The objective is to have a
12 meter bus, able to accommodate a hundred passengers in conditions optimum safety, security and comfort, to achieve a speed of up to 40 km/h, all without driver.

To do this, IVECO BUS, with a number of companies and laboratories, equips a prototype with electronic components and sensors. Its partner in the project, Easymile, brings its technology as well as experience in platform integration, deployment and fleet management of autonomous vehicles. The development of this bus without driver is the result of the collaboration of the following partners: EasyMile, solution provider for driverless vehicles; Iffstar for accessibility to persons with reduced mobility and the acceptability of this type of vehicles for all users; Inria for high-speed perception and avoidance of obstacles on the track; Isae-Supaero for localization; IVECO BUS for the bus and electronically assisted driving solutions (drive by wire);  Michelin for connected tires; Sector for security and risk management; Transpolis for validation tests;

This research and development project will make it possible to understand the constraints of a driverless operation, and to test in real conditions an autonomous bus of level 4, last step before total autonomy. This bus will initially circulate on own sites or on dedicated tracks, to evolve towards integration into the flow of normal circulation.

The STAR research project has been labeled by the CARA competitiveness cluster. CARA has the vocation to catalyze changes in urban mobility, particularly for the transport of people and goods. For its part in this project IVECO BUS receives the subsidy from the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region.

IVECO BUS has also experimented with "smart garage": buses equipped with sensors park themselves in a depot, without human intervention. The advantages are saving of time and place, the vehicle moves alone and it optimizes the available space. Fuelling and washing can also be carried out totally autonomous.

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