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Testing of the autonomous Future Bus

The CityPilot autonomous bus technology of Mercedes-Benz, used by the company’s Future Bus vehicles, made a trip in the Netherlands that signals the next step toward the implementation of self-driving vehicles in public transportation.

The CityPilot technology was adapted to take into account the specific requirements for a city bus to operate, with radar, GPS and a dozen cameras built into the Future Bus to detect obstacles, pedestrians and traffic signals.

According to the automobile manufacturer, the Future Bus powered by CityPilot is capable of reaching top speeds of 43 miles per hour or about 70 kilometers per hour, on the open road, and is able to recognize objects and people. The bus is also capable of making precise stops at pick-up locations, opening and closing its door before moving automatically.


Autonomous vehicles workshop at BME

In the field of autonomous vehicles BME is planning the development of multilevel and efficient laboratories, recruitment of talented foreign students and reaching international scientific results.

jovo_autoi_recar_01“The pillars of RECAR (Research Center for Autonomous Road Vehicles) are education, research and a Hungarian test track” – summarized Zsolt Szalay, Head of Department of Automobiles and Vehicle Manufacturing.

In the “Future cars” workshop Viktor Orbán, prime minister of Hungary, claimed that the test track (which enables testing of autonomous vehicles) is a profitable investment on national level.

The full article can be reached on the website of BME (in Hungarian)!

New masters programme starting

educationBME and ELTE in cooperation with RECAR are planning the launch of 2 bilingual masters programmes:  both will start in February of 2018. The graduates of the Faculty of Transportation Engineering and Vehicle Engineering of BME will be awarded an engineer title and the graduates of the Faculty of Informatics of ELTE will be awarded the computer engineer title.

“One of BME’s main objective is to offer quality masters programmes, we have now a new addition for our line” – told us BME’s rector.

You can find a Hungarian press release here with some additional information!

The foundation has been signed

The rector of the BME has signed a cooperation with 2 well-known global multinational companies Bosch and Knorr Bremse. This is a very special moment: BME as leader in higher educational engineering studies,  ELTE as leader in natural science studies and the SZTAKI academic research institute,  which highly specialises in autonomous vehicle resarch have banded together with the mentioned global giants to make these MSc courses a reality. “According to the signed letter of intent, the programmes will be launched as soon as the accreditation is granted to these faculties. With this, we will further further develope the industry and raise the number of innovative researches.” – Józsa János added.

Details can be found here.


Audi TT simulator

The development of intelligent vehicles is being helped with the Audi TT simulator, which is located within the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) grounds. We get a real-time animation  of the vehicle and it’s surroundings, which is projected on the windshield of the vehicle, with the help of information gained  highly complex models from it’s drive train, brake systems, steering systems, wheels, running geers. This makes the simulator a unique driving experience.

RECAR has been founded

Acting according to the current research trends, we have founded RECAR in September 2015, with the initiation of BME. Soon ELTE and MTA-SZTAKI have joined the new autonomous vehicle research project.

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