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Date: February 26, 2024
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More and more European eMobility companies are embracing AI: What are the benefits?

Companies like ADASTEC, Ford, Ioki, IVECO BUS, and NeXT have already manufactured their first units that include artificial intelligence (AI). Time savings, and decreased traffic congestion are some of the benefits.
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With the aim of making decisions that transcend the current landscape of mobility, more and more companies and political officials are betting on the modernization of transportation through artificial intelligence (AI), both in the public and private sectors.

The reason why more and more players in the sector are placing their trust in this type of technology is that within this niche AI has a multitude of uses, some of which are outlined by Orient Telecoms.

A clear example is its application through traffic management systems, which allows for real-time data analysis.

This helps reduce congestion and emissions, and saves time.

In this vein, it can optimize routes, schedules, and capacity allocation of public transport based on passenger demand patterns.

These features enhance the user experience.

Furthermore, it is worth noting that this achievement of science plays a vital role in the development and operation of autonomous vehicles.

The creation of such means of transportation aims to improve road safety, reduce accidents caused by human errors, and provide mobility solutions for people with disabilities.

Additionally, technology with autonomous learning uses algorithms to match passengers with drivers, optimize routes, and determine prices dynamically.

In this way, companies enhance the experience in shared rides, which becomes smoother and more convenient. This practice eliminates the need to own a private vehicle.

AI also contributes to safety and care in transportation systems by storing and subsequently evaluating sensor information and historical records. This ability is referred to as predictive maintenance.

This same characteristic is also effective in the pre-production stage.

Its use is also common for planning and designing urban mobility infrastructures.

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Which companies are betting on AI in transportation?


Autonomous Atak Electric bus.

This Michigan-based company offers software that enables electric buses to become autonomous.

This is achieved through its own software platform called

ADASTEC is the first brand to deploy a full-sized autonomous bus in open traffic, both in the European Union and in the United States.


BlueCruise Ford’s system.

Currently, the company offers advanced level 2 autonomous driving technology.

Ford’s system, BlueCruise, allows hands-free driving on highways in Spain, in a designated area known as the “Blue Zone.”

This system is available on all Mustang Mach models and the 100 per cent electric Mustang, which have been on the market since mid-October 2023.


Ioki launches the first autonomous public transportation service in Germany in Bad Birnbach.
Ioki launches the first autonomous public transportation service in Germany in Bad Birnbach.

The brand’s main product is an on-demand platform that operates with both driver-operated vehicles and autonomous ones.

This format is designed for areas where demand for public transport is very low and not profitable.

It is characterized by irregular service provision according to need, making it highly flexible and adaptable to user preferences, benefiting both service providers and users.

Ioki launches the first autonomous public transportation service in Germany in Bad Birnbach.


IVECO bus.

The passenger vehicle company launched its STAR project (Autonomous Rapid Transportation System) in 2017.

The plan was created with the aim of developing the first standard automated and driverless bus capable of operating in conditions similar to real-world scenarios.

The prototype proved feasible for operations in Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lanes as well as in private centres, marking a crucial milestone in the progress of driverless units in Europe.

The unit is 12 meters long and can comfortably and safely transport up to 100 passengers.

In terms of integrated technologies, it includes safety controls and navigation software.


In the realm of shared rides, the Italian company NeXT stands out.

This firm revolutionizes the public transportation sector with a new and innovative vehicle, considered “the shortest bus available on the market.”

This modern invention functions like an independent and cubic taxi, but with the difference that it can be coupled with other units to form a bus-like vehicle.

Regarding the mode of transportation, it has a capacity of up to 80 passengers and allows for an 80 per cent reduction in traffic and up to a 75 per cent reduction in energy consumption.

Istanbul: a notable example of state use of artificial intelligence

It’s no coincidence that Istanbul is one of the cities facing the most traffic problems on the continent.

The Turkish capital has 16 million inhabitants, compared to just eight million 20 years ago.

Additionally, in 2023, there were more than 15 million passenger vehicles registered.

Faced with this situation and the need for innovation in the city’s infrastructure, city authorities decided to opt for artificial intelligence.

“AI allows the municipal government of Istanbul to assess traffic conditions in real-time, anticipate congestion hotspots, and intelligently manage traffic,” states Naim Erol Özgüner, Chief Information Officer of the Metropolitan Municipality.

Through this implementation, the aim is to facilitate engineers in planning the city’s traffic and transportation infrastructure.

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