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Test field Bad Birnbach

Germany's first autonomous bus line in public street space

Silently, the white-red minibus glides through the streets of the Lower Bavarian spa town of Bad Birnbach. Motorists and pedestrians encounter an electric bus that is not only quiet and environmentally friendly. He also has no driver and neither steering wheel or accelerator pedal. Only an operator, who can intervene if necessary, is on board when the vehicle rolls over public roads on the 700-meter-long route from the town center to the spa.

Premiere Autonomous bus in Bavarian spa Bad Birnbach Oct 25th, 2017

Deutsche Bahn has launched the first autonomous line service together with the district of Rottal-Inn in close cooperation with the vehicle developer EasyMile, the TÜV Süd and the market town of Bad Birnbach. In 2018, the bus will also connect the center with the station. Operator is the DB Regio Bus Ostbayern .

Residents and visitors of Bad Birnbach can now use the autonomous bus line free of charge and drive from the town center via the atrium of the spa administration to the thermal baths. At the beginning, the shuttle operates every 30 minutes. The minibus carries up to six passengers. Thanks to the built-in hoist, even wheelchair users or passengers with pushchairs can easily get in and out.

In Bad Birnbach, the "EZ10" drives, an driverless, electric shuttle of the start-up company EasyMile, which develops software for the operation of autonomous vehicles. The EZ10 follows - laser sensors, cameras and GPS. On board is always an operator who intervenes in the driving event, for example, by triggering an immediate stop or the manual avoidance of obstacles by joystick. At the moment, as if on virtual rails, the route automatically recognizes the route, including stops, by means of a laser scanner in the on-board computer. By combining data from different systems, the vehicle finds its way. This is an interaction of, for example, bus obstacles and stops in time, but can not independently deviate from the route to avoid obstacles such as parked cars. This function will be retrofitted in perspective.