The first autonomous large bus in the world in open traffic

The official opening on 9 May marks that public transport agency Kolumbus in Norway is ready to take the next step into the future!  Energy-efficient automated buses can be operated from an operations centre by 2023. This makes it possible for public transport to increase the proportion of people travelling by public transport by offering new travel services.

“For Applied Autonomy, our collaboration with Adastec means that we offer our software platform to many bus manufacturers and bus operators in the global market,”-  says Olav Madland, founder and general manager of Applied Autonomy.

The bus will operate in the city center of Stavanger for two years starting in May, and during this period will be part of Kolumbus’s regular offer to the public.

  • As a partner, Vy will provide the bus itself, traffic management and hosts on board.
  • Karsan has produced the bus, and the American technology company Adastec is responsible for self-driving technology.
  • Applied Autonomy supplies the control center solution xFlow® , which is used for monitoring the service, permitting remote assistance, reporting and analytics to improve the operational efficiency of the service.
  • Rogaland county council and Stavanger municipality are road owners for the section the bus runs on and have approved the route to be used for the service. In addition, they are actively involved in facilitating the best possible operation through improvements to the infrastructure.

The Directorate of Roads has approved the use of the bus and permitted us to drive the bus in autonomous mode on the selected route.

From e-ATAK operation in Stavanger Link to video

Key facts:

  • 4 km route (back and forth)
  • Starting driving in April 2022 with passengers


Applied Autonomy delivers xFlow ® with

  • Safety analysis
  • Permission to drive
  • Collection of driving data from the vehicle
  • Monitoring platform of the vehicle





From e-ATAK operation in Stavanger Link to video
From e-ATAK operation in Stavanger