This eco-friendly bus, which costs Rs 6 lakh, was completed in a span of 12 months. It is likely to enter into commercial service towards the end of this year.
India’s first solar-powered, driverless bus was showcased at the 106th edition of the Indian Science Congress (INC) held at Jalandhar in Punjab. The bus was used to ferry Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the event on the inauguration day.
Designed and built by a team of students of Lovely Professional University (LPU) at Jalandhar, the bus has a maximum speed of 30 km per hour and a seating capacity of 10-30 persons, as per needs. It can travel up to 70 km on a single charge.
The bus is powered by solar energy but can also run on an electric motor. Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communication technology has been used to make the bus driverless. The bus also uses GPS and Bluetooth for navigation and could be controlled within a radius of 10 metres. The technology works by using wireless signals detected through ultra-sonic & Infra-red sensors.
The bus, which costs Rs 6 lakh, has a neatly designed cabin for the driver. Wherever network is not available, it can be driven using the manual transmission option like an oridinary bus.
Designed by a team of over 300 students
Over 300 students from mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering departments of the university collaborated under the guidance of LPU professors and experts to design and fabricate the vehicle. It took them nearly 12 months to complete the project.
“Once the bus is launched commercially, it will be used at Airports, housing societies, industrial complexes, and even educational institutions,” said Mandeep Singh, project head.
LPU Chancellor Ashok Mittal added, “This driverless bus shows that our students are technologically far ahead. Their other such interesting projects include flying farmer, formula1 car, go-karts and more.”