Norway is a pioneer in the production of driverless electric water taxis, and these electric ferries could be a revolution in the age of fighting climate change.
An ingenious solution that can be ideal for transporting tourists to relieve traffic in our sea destinations, and is interesting to all cities on rivers and lakes.
Why drive around the cities when you can by river or sea and take an electric taxi. They have no drivers and are small, do not produce carbon dioxide, and tourists can call them at the touch of a button.
This is the idea of a Norwegian start-up Zeabuz who announced that in 2021 he will launch his "self-driving" ferry or water taxi. The capacity of this electric vehicle is 12 passengers, and the suburban ferry passengers call at the touch of a button on their phones. Emission-free public transport was first developed by researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in 2018, and Zeabuz is well on its way to “throwing it out on the water” and starting to transport passengers for a year.
TOP SENSORS PROVIDE SAFE DRIVING
Zeabuz will thus transport passengers on batteries by waterways in Norway in towns and villages along the coast where boat trips are frequent, with an emphasis on minimal environmental impact. Given that these taxis are driverless, this technology could cause insecurity and discomfort to users, but this start-up emphasizes that all safety standards have been met and extensive checks have been made.
Namely, the movement is ensured by the use of state-of-the-art sensors with which these self-driving ferries will be able to detect everything around them and safely move around bathers, other boats and other immovable objects in the water such as buoys. The sensors send the data to the control system, which makes a decision on the place of landing so that passengers can safely reach their destination.
By revitalizing the city's waterways, Zeabuz announces that it will reduce harmful emissions, noise pollution, but also traffic jams in cities, while protecting human health and the environment. These electric self-driving ferries in Norway will connect and integrate with existing land public transport infrastructure to provide people with a more sustainable and environmentally friendly way to travel.
In order to be user-friendly, the docks will be placed in the places that best suit the passengers, and as it is a small and compact vessel, it will travel under all bridges with ease.
NUMBER OF CITIES LAUNCHED SUSTAINABLE WATER TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS
In addition to selling Zeabuza to cities in Norway, the company also wants to help international partners design and build similar ferries in places with numerous waterways such as New York, Sydney, Istanbul, London, Amsterdam and Hong Kong. Many places have already launched sustainable public water transport projects.
For example, Paris is developing a "flying water taxi" or SeaBubbles along the Seine. And the first Danish electric ferry started operating last year in this homeland of diesel marine engines.
And where is Croatia? We have great designers and innovators, we have the best electric car in the world.
Why not have electric water ferries in a country where tourism is the most important industry. Zagreb is our capital on the water along the Sava with huge traffic problems, maybe this solution is also for the transport of passengers through our metropolis?
On the other hand, we have a story about Tesla, there is Mate Rimac who said a few days ago that in ten years most vehicles will be autonomous, connected, electric and shared, which is an opportunity for Croatia because new business models are being created.
The cars will be used all the time, they will cover more than 250 thousand kilometers a year, and one robo-taxi, Rimac believes, and reports Index.hr, and adds that robo-taxis will be able to replace 20 traditional vehicles. This means that four million such taxis will be able to replace half of the one hundred million vehicles in the United States.
"Everything will totally change, the complete picture of the automotive industry", Said Rimac, calling for the initiative for Croatia to be a center for electric and autonomous vehicles.
Absolutely logical and natural, with all the above potentials and stories. Also, this is an opportunity for Croatia to be the leader of the 3rd generation wave of investment and development of the automotive industry. An opportunity we must not miss.
Also, many IT companies are already working with the auto industry, such as Infinum, a leading Croatian software design and development company, which in partnership with Porsche Digital founded a new company Porsche Digital Croatia. For a couple of years now, there has been constant talk about the activation of the green electric highway, which would be a great stimulus for tourism, the economy, as well as for positioning and branding Croatia.
We as a state must put ourselves in an entrepreneurial mindset
In Croatia, HT has introduced a 5G network, which is a prerequisite for autonomous vehicle driving, acceleration of digitalization as well as in general for the development of the IT scene and various other implications for the modern economy. For example, as an incentive for the further development of health tourism. We are introducing visas for digital nomads, and this narrative and direction of development would certainly attract digital nomads, but also attract various IT companies that would move offices to Croatia.
As we know, nautical is the first to open and the last to close the tourist season in our tourism, and with a fleet of over 4.300 vessels, more than 140 nautical tourism ports, over 17.000 berths and over a million cruise passengers, Croatia is certainly nautical superpower and one of the most important nautical destinations not only in the Mediterranean but also globally.
Can we take advantage of the current situation, knowledge and all resources and make ships (small or large) that will be electrically powered? It is only a matter of time before that transformation will take place. In fact, it is already happening.
Also, we could activate the sea electric highway with the aim of relieving road traffic, which is a big problem visible to us as soon as we get off the highway. We need to better connect the islands. Also, this would increase the daily migration of tourists to visit as many destinations as possible, and thus would directly increase the tourist consumption and overall satisfaction of tourists with the entire destination.
The goal is to merge all points (ideas, resources, potentials, knowledge) into one story through a clear vision of strategic development.
We have everything, we just have to be proactive and start dealing with market development. Opportunities are around us and the only question is whether Croatia will be the leader of the trends or we will again stay on the sidelines and miss another opportunity.
Source: Lonelyplanet.com, Index.hr