The first ride of TalTech's self-driving car was a success
On September 20, Estonia's first self-driving car, Iseauto, built in cooperation with TalTech and Silberauto, made its first official ride.
The first passengers were Jaak Aaviksoo, TalTech Rector and Alexander Stubb, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank, going to TalTechDigital Vision Conference.
Iseauto, built for the TalTech 100th anniversary, is a fully autonomous vehicle that can seat up to six people. Iseauto's electronics, sensory and control software is developed under the leadership of the TalTech robotics, IT and Engineering scientists, with the largest contributions from the students of School of Engineering and School of IT. Iseauto body was designed by Sven Sellik of Silberauto and it was developed under the leadership of Silberauto engineer Johannes Mossov, a TalTech graduate. ABB also participated in the project contributing to improving the reliability of Iseauto.
"The team of nearly twenty students started to develop Iseauto precisely one year ago, and 10 master's, bachelor's and diploma theses have already been defenced on this basis, and a number of scientific publications have been published," said Raivo Sell, Iseauto Project manager and Senior Research Fellow at the TalTech School of Engineering.
Väino Kaldoja, Chairman of the Management Board of Silberauto, is very pleased that the goal that was set a year ago is so quickcly and well achieved. "One of the aims of the project is to give young people an example and to attract interest in contemporary and future-oriented solutions and learning," Kaldoja confirmed. "The Iseauto project is a great way to show young people that if there are a vision and a will, the realisation is possible. This is especially due to high-level studies and tangible practice," he explained.
Iseauto will be part of TalTech's smart campus, where a smart infrastructure and a smart data communication network based on 5G technology will be developed. In the future, the smart campus with self-driving vehicles will be a development platform for Taltech students, researchers and technology companies to develop new technologies and services. The next phase of the project will involve launching 5G technology tests with Telia and establishing a vehicle-to-vehicle communication platform. In cooperation with Silberauto, the optimisation of vehicle structure and further wisdom development will continue.
Epp Joala, TalTech Chief Strategic Communications Officer, epp dot joala at taltech dot ee