Category Archives: Vehicles

Autonomous buses tested in real traffic in Oslo

Ruter's autonomous buses successfully handled interaction with traffic lights and other road users, but there are still challenges that must be solved before autonomous buses can be an effective actor in city traffic. In a recent study TØI researchers have tested self-driving buses in more...

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Designing automated driving HMI for a city bus (in TrustVehicle)

The TrustVehicle project developed and demonstrated an intuitive human machine interface (HMI) for automated driving functionality of an electric city bus with professional drivers. One critical part of Automated Driving (AD) development is the HMI design. Information presented on the HMI is...

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To impose VAT on electric cars will cut the sales by 50 percent

By imposing VAT on electric cars in Norway the sales will be cut in half and the average CO2 emissions from new cars will increase by about 60 percent. In Norway zero-emission cars constituted 54,3 percent of all new cars purchased in 2020. If electric cars are subject to full VAT sales will...

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VTI’s train simulators still rolling despite the pandemic

Work with VTI’s train simulators continues to develop, largely thanks to collaboration with train operators and instructors. This year has already welcomed one new user – with many more showing interest. There is still no sign of the pandemic having affected the work with train...

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TRA VISIONS 2020

TRA VISIONS is a contest for young  and senior researchers in the field of transport in Europe. It is organised every other year on behalf of the European Commission in connection with the Transport Research Arena (TRA) conference. VTI was a partner of the consortium that organised TRA VISIONS...

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Feasibility, costs and benefits of retrofitting ADAS to improve road safety

In order to decrease road fatalities, the European Parliament has made several ADAS mandatory in new models from June 2022 onward. Through retrofitting, the uptake of these ADAS in the vehicle fleet could be improved. VTT and Ecorys have studied the feasibility, costs and benefits of retrofitting...

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Electric cars for all occasions

The electric car has replaced diesel and petrol cars both on short trips during the week and on longer recreational trips for owners of long-range electric cars with good luggage space. In a new TØI report researchers have been examining the driving patterns of electric car drivers in Innlandet...

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Significant recycling of EV batteries 10 years away in Europe, sooner in Norway

Electric car batteries will be available for recycling or reuse in Norway from 2025, with a significant increase in volume towards 2030. For the EU, the EU's requirements for reducing new cars' CO2 emissions will contribute to significant volumes, but only after 2030. This is the conclusion in a...

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Increased interest in train simulators

VTI has developed a train simulator that has become a valued tool in train driver education and research on how simulators can be used to improve railway technology. Birgitta Thorslund, Senior Research Leader at VTI, explains that the simulator helps to give train drivers a better working...

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E-scooters are popular among Norwegians

E-scooters are very popular in the Norwegian capital, Oslo, and clearly meet a need in transporting people around the city. At the same time the electric two-wheelers are dangerous to pedestrians. Regulatory measures must be established. These are the main conclusions in a new study from the...

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