Usti takes first steps towards autonomous mobility
Upon ICUK’s completion of project documentation, the city of Usti nad Labem issued an invitation to tender for a feasibility study on the testing of autonomous vehicles.
The innovation centre’s vision to make Usti a mecca for smart mobility led to collaboration with the company Valeo and has continued with the preparation of necessary documentation and assessment of whether and how autonomous vehicles might be tested directly within the city. Therefore, on 19 December, the city of Usti nad Labem issued an invitation to tender for a feasibility study. Interested parties can submit proposals through 19 JAN 2018. The maximum cost of the public contract shall not exceed 1,995 million CZK.
Usti nad Labem wants to be the first Czech city to try operating autonomous vehicles. That’s why the city council has taken budgetary measures to secure financing for a feasibility study called U “Smart” Zone in the Usti Region, including verification of the possibility to establish an autonomous vehicle test track in the Usti Region. The autonomous vehicle feasibility study should also produce a clear verdict on if and where to route an autonomous bus. Operation of self-driving buses is only one part of a project that wants to make Usti an industrial centre for evolving autonomous vehicle technologies. Another aspect is giving carmakers the opportunity to test their technologies in the city or on the D8 motorway.