TTÜ and Silberauto are developing a self-driving car for the 100th anniversary of the University
On May 31 Tallinn University of Technology and Silberauto began a cooperation to design and build a self-driving car. The two partners also agreed to construct a smart city test ground with an independent charging point, barriers, lighting, and open service platforms within the campus.
TTÜ Rector Jaak Aaviksoo says that motor carriages that hit the roads of Europe 130 years ago, were called automobiles or self-moving vehicles. "Today Tallinn University of Tehcnology together with Silberauto, the symbolic Estonian representative of Karl Benz, the inventor of the first car, is taking a step to forward and starts building a self-driving automobile or self-managing car. This is a worthy challenge for the 100th anniversary of alma mater and will be accepted with pleasure by researchers and students along with alumni entrepreneurs," emphasizes Rector Aaviksoo.
Väino Kaldoja, the CEO of Silberauto and a member of the TTÜ Board of Governors, confirms: "Estonia is a small country, therefore, it is important to find innovative and smart solutions to become great in other respects. Silberauto wants to actively participate in the development of technology and also invite others to join in so that Estonia would not remain a bystander in future. We want to prove to ourselves and the world that a strong will and skills may be even more important in shaping the future than the major financial resources."
TTÜ Rector Jaak Aaviksoo and the CEO of Silberauto Väino Kaldoja signed a cooperation agreement to develop a self-driving car.
The self-driving car shall be completed by the autumn of 2018, when the University celebrates its 100th anniversary. The vehicle would start driving around the university’s campus that consists 50 hectares of land, accommodating 72 buildings.