MUJI and Sensible 4 announced a shuttle, the Gacha robotbus, which is designed to function in all weather conditions. For this shuttle, Sensible 4 provided the autonomous driving technology, which provides the vehicle with superior positioning, navigation, and obstacle detection performance, thus allowing autonomous driving throughout the year, regardless of the environment and conditions. MUJI provided the vehicle design and user experience.
The vehicle will premiere to the public on March 2019 in Helsinki. After launch, the Gacha shuttle bus will operate with passengers in three Finnish cities as part of real-life traffic, and it also will be seen in the MUJI store, which opens November 2019 in Helsinki. Sensible 4 and MUJI are finalizing plans for the first Gacha fleet, which is expected to roll out in 2020. The aim of the collaboration is to develop autonomous shuttle bus fleets for mainstream use and to provide real transportation services for the public by 2021. Currently, Sensible 4 says it is looking for suitable industry partners that would be interested in producing the buses as well as investors to accelerate the company’s growth.