The world's first autonomous hydrogen vehicle granted road legal status in Estonia

The Estonian autonomous vehicle manufacturer Auve Tech and the University of Tartu have collaborated to develop the world's first autonomous hydrogen vehicle, which has now driven its first test kilometers and passed the test of Estonian Road Administration in order to start operating on public roads.

The world premiere event introducing this shuttle bus created in Estonia will take place on 5 July in Tartu, Estonia.

The shuttle seats up to six passengers and is aimed at enhancing the last-mile transportation. It operates with the help of low-temperature hydrogen fuel cells developed in the University of Tartu. The shuttle is capable of autonomous driving in open and closed areas similarly to Auve Tech's other autonomous vehicles and its actions can be overseen with the help of teleoperation from a distant control centre.

Johannes Mossov, the CEO of Auve Tech says the hydrogen vehicle is an environmentally friendly alternative for personal vehicles, "The hydrogen created by the fuel cells functions as a power source in the vehicle and the only by-products are vaporised water and heat. The fast charging of the vehicle allows more working hours for the vehicle, increasing the efficiency and introducing a way to integrate autonomous transportation to our everyday lives."

Further information: Annaliisa Raidjõe, Auve Tech OÜ, +372 5309 7563,