Karsan starts work on autonomous Atak electric bus

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Turkish manufacturer Karsan has started the first phase of its work on the autonomous Atak Electric, which it says will bring Level-4 autonomy. Karsan CEO Okan Baş said: “Our agility in rapidly adapting the technologies that seem far away, is one of our strongest competencies. We started works to ensure that Atak Electric enjoys Level-4 Autonomous driving skills, in other words, features an automatic driving system, which will handle all the requirements for a dynamic driving experience without the help of a driver. We expect to complete the prototype for Autonomous Atak Electric this August, and its simulation and validation tests will be carried out in our factory in Hasanağa, Bursa. That said, we will make Autonomous Atak Electric ready by the end of this year.”

The project to be carried out by Karsan’s R&D team, will be in collaboration with Adastec Corp., which has experiences in autonomous vehicles.

Karsan CEO Okan Baş said that his company will continue to invest in technology and R&D and work for the good of the Turkish economy despite the coronavirus pandemic sweeping across the world. He added: “As you will remember, we became the first and only brand in Turkey to start the mass production of two full electric public transport vehicles in one year. At Karsan, we continue to work towards shaping the transportation of the future. We pay a particular attention to electric and autonomous vehicles. This segment also represents our brand vision. We are happy to have taken the very first step for the autonomous vehicles, on which we have been working for some time now to be able to complete works in 2020, while at the same time continuing to export Jest Electric and Atak Electric to the four across the world.”

Karsan is to develop an autonomous version of its Atak midibus