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US Tech Firm Introduces Commercial Robotaxi Service In Europe
In many ways, the robotaxi service is a first of its type. It is a solar-powered autonomous electric ferry that can be summoned via a ridesharing app, but most importantly, it is commercially implemented, currently transporting passengers in congested European traffic.
FREMONT, CA: Buffalo Automation, the secretive American artificial intelligence company, and Future Mobility Network, the European alternative transportation operator, has declared Europe's first fully autonomous robotaxi service in the Netherlands. The launch paves the way for communities throughout the EU to adopt this innovative alternative mode of transportation.
In many ways, the robotaxi service is a first of its type. It is a solar-powered autonomous electric ferry that can be summoned via a ridesharing app, but most importantly, it is commercially implemented, currently transporting passengers in congested European traffic. With the debut, the alternative potential of employing shared access autonomous electric vehicles as a cost-effective and ecologically beneficial mode of transportation has become a reality.
The ferry service, known as "Vaar met Ferry," is supported by the Dutch province government and will be free of charge to residents until October 2021. Warmond-Kagerzoom, Leiderdorp, and the surrounding golf course now have a better link to the Koudenhoorn recreation area, notably for bikes and pedestrians.
"From its inception, Buffalo Automation's goals have been to improve safety and decarbonize the water through the use of our technology," stated CEO Thiru Vikram. "This project was made possible because of like-minded local community and business leaders who are open to exploring alternative transport models. This historic launch will solidify our commitment to providing the people of South Holland a safe, clean energy means of transportation that protects their numerous blueways and natural resources. Launching this electric robotaxi service, which is powered by our Greycraft technology, on a European river has been an exciting undertaking for our operating field teams. We're happy that Dutch officials as well as the folks at FMN and NGS share our vision and look forward to more planned launches across the pond."