Nathalie Brenner is a research assistant at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany and is engaged in the autonomous driving of commercial vehicles. She focuses on the necessary infrastructure and communication for safe operation. Even before that, she was able to gain experience with various advanced driver assistant systems while working at Robert Bosch GmbH during her studies in electrical engineering and information technology.
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Automated vehicle depots as an initial step for an automated public transportationDevelopment of modern cars focuses currently on comfort and safety. Cost savings in the commercial vehicle branch is an at least as important driving force. High potential lies in the enhancement of allowed service time for the drivers by assistant systems or even fully automated driving without any driver. These autonomous vehicles are firstly used as airport shuttles, production halls or harbors in restricted areas.
In addition, we are focusing on the depots of public transportation, because the conditions are compatible with European law. The depot is usually a cordoned off area which is protected against unauthorized access.
To identify the requirements for an autonomous depot system and the vehicles we evaluated the depot infrastructure, working processes and vehicles at several public transportation companies including buses and trams. The saving potentials have been worked out.