Presentation: Karsan Atak Electric Otonom

In the old days, when there was no COURIER or a schedule available on a smartphone, it was known from there that the bus would leave, that the driver had boarded the bus and had already opened the padlock hanging on the door of the cab with his key. It was the moment he was still in a hurry, but he could get to the bus. It could easily be that the driver will soon be in vain, because the bus will start smoothly on its own. The Turkish Karsan recently pulled the veil off the world sensation, the Atak Electric Otonom, which, although it still has a driving position, is able to drive in a completely autonomous manner.

The name of the model may be familiar to us as well, as such Atak midibuses, partly with low floors, even equipped with diesel propulsion, also wear out the roads of Budapest (and there have already been examples of them igniting). Since its introduction in 2014, the model has undergone spectacular development as it has been refreshed not only in terms of design but also in technical terms. Atak’s front wall has become more elegant and attractive thanks to the round headlights housed in a silver-colored cover, and on the other hand, it is also equipped with modern LED technology daytime running lights.

In 2019, a fully electric version of the Atak arrived, powered by a 312-horsepower (230 kW) high-power electric motor with a torque of 2,400 newtometers. The power required for its operation is provided by the lithium-ion battery pack used in the BMW i3, which consists of 5 modules. With a battery pack with a total capacity of 220 kWh, the city bus, which is designed for 47-52 people, can cover at least 300 kilometers when fully charged.

The M3 / I class 8315 mm long, 2436 mm wide and 3090 mm high vehicle proved to be an ideal basis for the development of the self-driving midibus, which was awarded to it by the Turkish manufacturer last spring. “Karsan has significant experience in the field of electric vehicles. We have been exporting Jest Electric as well as Atak Electric buses to Europe and the United States for a long time. The electric mileage of our electric vehicles in some 30 European and American cities has already exceeded one million kilometers”Remarked Okan Baş, CEO of Karsan, at the presentation of the self-directed Karsan Atak at the Presidential Palace in Turkey. According to the company’s first man, the future is not just about electric vehicles, but automated driving.

In light of this, we see our electric vehicles as the next steps to self-driving buses. Although many pilot projects are currently underway in the field of self-driving buses, they concern small minibuses up to 5 meters in length. In Europe and America, no one is involved in the development of driver-free, traditional-sized buses, ”stressed Okan Baş.

The novelty is capable of level 4 self-driving, so you can drive in an urban environment, on highways or in closed areas in a fully automated mode. For self-driving, the vehicle body is equipped with 5 laser radars, 6 high-resolution RGB cameras, 2 thermal imagers and 2 high-precision GNSS receivers.

In addition, ultrasonic sensors are located on all sides of the body to avoid obstacles. The processing of information from these devices as well as the control of the vehicle is performed by a specially developed software. The created by Adastec in San Francisco, according to the company, is fully ready for use in the large series, meaning it used to be not an experimental thing.

The first series-produced self-driving bus 2 is completed

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of Turkey, also went for a ride on the bus. Source: Karsan

The software is associated with its open source API flowrideCloud cloud services, and flowride App can be used in conjunction with a remote management service. When managing, the operator can choose whether to drive his vehicle on a pre-programmed route or just specify its starting and arriving location, thus giving the bus more freedom. At the same time, the Karsan Atak self-driving bus can be operated without problems not only during the day, but also at night, and in poor visibility conditions, such as torrential rain. On the way, it stops on its own at the stops belonging to the given route, but is able to handle intersections and also takes into account traffic lights and pedestrian crossings.

With our software, we offer a safe, comfortable and efficient driving experience. Our system featuring high-tech solutions has been specifically tailored to the 8.3-meter-long Atac Electric to meet the public transport needs of the future., ”Stressed Dr. Ali Ufuk Peker, CEO of Adastec.

The first series-produced self-driving bus 3 is completed

The Turkish president smiles at the first self-driving Karsan Atak. Source: Karsan

Self-driving Karsan Atak is already past the necessary simulation tests and trial runs. The first series version will be available in Romania at the end of February. The bus will carry passengers in the industrial park of Ploiești in Brahova County. The factory wants to export the novelty not only to Europe but also to the United States.

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