June 19, 2021 01:49 GMT
The novel car has the capacity to transport up to six passengers at a maximum speed of 25 kilometers per hour.
After successfully completing a series of field tests, Estonian Highway Administration authorities have given the go-ahead for the world’s first hydrogen autonomous vehicle circulate through the streets of the European country as of next July 5, inform local media.
Known as Iseauto, the vehicle was developed by local autonomous car manufacturer Auve Tech, in collaboration with scientists from the University of Tartu, one of the most important in the country, and is designed to travel short distances transporting up to six passengers.
With its 3.5 meters long, 1.5 meters wide and 2.4 meters high, the minibus is capable to reach a maximum speed of 25 kilometers per hour. Its engine is powered by a low temperature hydrogen fuel battery, which has an average charge of eight hours of life.
In addition, the technology with which the vehicle has been equipped allows it to navigate autonomously; however, it can also be controlled by an operator remotely from a control center.
“The hydrogen created by fuel batteries functions as a source of energy in the vehicle and the only by-products are vaporized water and heat. Fast charging allows for longer hours of vehicle operation, increasing efficiency and introducing a way to integrate autonomous transport in our daily lives, “said the CEO of the Estonian firm.
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