Estonian tech company, Auve Tech have developed a new generation of self-driving shuttles called MiCa. The company has been developing and producing autonomous vehicles and the MiCa takes safety, practicality and self-driving to a new level. The vehicle allows autonomous driving in various weather and traffic conditions.
The company has said that safety has been the focus while developing the new generation vehicle. The MiCa is equipped with seven LiDAR sensors and ten cameras to provide 360-degree visibility, which is further than previous models.
Furthermore, the risk of errors has been minimised with the help of doubled critical systems on board in order to guarantee reliability in all situations.
“MiCa is like a time machine that helps us leap into a new era of technology. The world has not seen a self-driving vehicle like this before,” said Johannes Mossov, the CEO of Auve Tech. “Our autonomous vehicles have been transporting passengers in 12 countries, most of them on public roads. These international collaboration projects have helped us make improvements in both software and hardware to excel in the autonomous driving front. The new generation also helps ease the process of integrating autonomous vehicles into a variety of environments.”
MiCa has reached a high-level capability of tackling harsh weather conditions. The climate in Estonia allows for the vehicles to be tested in a range of environments ranging from heavy rain to thick snow.
“Our mission is to offer comfort that urges people to favour public transport and also provide last-mile transport in areas where the use of personal cars or larger public transport means is complicated or inefficient,” said Taavi Rõivas, Chairman at Auve Tech. “There is strong interest for MiCa in countries that are densely populated. The spacious MiCa is electric and suits well in urban environments while being compact but providing space for more passengers than a regular passenger car.”
The first Estonian manufacturer of self-driving vehicles Auve Tech focuses on last-mile transportation in pre-mapped areas.