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Auve Tech and the University of Tartu are developing a self-driving hydrogen car

If you want to peek into the future of traffic with environmentally friendly self-driving cars on the roads, then Estonia is the right place to do that. Tech company Auve Tech and the University of Tartu have begun developing a hydrogen-powered self-driving vehicle which is expected to be completed by mid-2021.

According to Estonian tech-news portal Autogeenius, the purpose of the cooperation is to develop technology that enables the use of hydrogen fuel in cars. A hydrogen fuel system will be integrated into Auve Tech‘s next-generation self-driving vehicles.

“Our next-generation fuel cells operate at significantly lower temperatures than previously available on the market. This ensures a significantly longer life for these devices, and they will also be several times safer,” academician Enn Lust, Director of the Institute of Chemistry at the University of Tartu, Professor of Physical Chemistry commented.

Iseauto is Auve Tech’s first vehicle that has grown out of the company’s cooperation with Tallinn Technical University, which started in 2017.

Väino Kaldoja, the autor of the concept of Iseauto, has pointed out how important it is for tech companies to involve top Estonian scientists from day one, as Iseauto has done. Only through collaboration between scientists and companies the significant innovative R&D solutions can emerge. “This way we do not only create innovative solutions, but also prove that big things can be done together in our small Estonia,” Kaldoja said.

Raido Lember, Director of Estonian Investment Agency of Enterprise Estonia, noted that it’s great to see our talented scientists working with entrepreneurs towards cleaner planet Earth. “Estonia has played a significant role in developing CleanTech. It’s time to take it to the next level.  With Auve Tech and the University of Tartu, it seems to be heading for the best possible direction in tackling the cost and efficiency of public transportation for positive environmental impact,” Lember said.

There is also another vehicle being developed by Auve Tech in partnership with Skeleton Technologies. As a result of this project, a super-concentrator vehicle requiring a very short charging time should be completed already in the coming months.

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