Estonian technology company, Auve Tech has shipped the first MiCa autonomous shuttle to SoftBank’s subsidiary, BOLDLY in Japan.

The two companies agreed to a strategic collaboration in October last year.

The new shuttle is compatible with Level 4 autonomous operations and is expected to run on public roads in Japan by the end of the year.

Throughout these operations, the vehicle will be connected to BOLDLY’s operation management platform, Dispatcher.

Väino Kaldoja, Founder of Auve Tech, said:

The new generation autonomous vehicle MiCa is designed to see and perceive everything around it in 360 degrees. We have based the development of the car on the need to bring the security operator out of the vehicle and create the ability for one operator to monitor several vehicles at the same time.

The vehicle is equipped with both lidar sensors and cameras with redundancy built in to ensure its operations are as safe as possible.

Estonia’s Japanese Ambassador, Yukihiko Matsumura said the sale of the first Estonian-made shuttle to Japan demonstrated Estonia’s competitive position within Japan’s well-developed automotive market.


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