1. Numerous projects which envisage automated shuttles for local public transport (LPT) already exist in Europe, also in Germany. However, none of these vehicles operate at the speeds necessary for proper LPT integration. ABSOLUT is thus intended to develop and test a service using vehicles with approval for operation in public traffic spaces at speeds of at least 50 km/h. For legal reasons, it will probably be necessary for a test driver to be present in the vehicles during the test period, but the aim is nevertheless for the vehicle to be capable of autonomous driving on the defined route.
2. An ambitious, integrated project of this kind is something unique in Germany: The combination of vehicle development, control center development, approval for operation in public traffic spaces (with maximum speeds up to 70 km/h) and further optimization of the transport service together with the customer is a highly complex endeavor.