Autonomous Transport

Autonomous Transport

This village is based on the challenges and opportunities using the technologies concerned with autonomous transportation. The development and use of autonomous transport are to be found in many different sectors in our society. It might (amongst others) include delivery robots, autonomous wheelchairs, public transport and snow cleaning. To make sure the transport works in a safe, user friendly and useful way, the services need to be developed in interdisciplinary teams focusing on both technology, user and society needs.


By joining the village, you will participate in solving a case-based project in three phases: 1) introduction to interdisciplinary teamwork and to current cases on autonomous transport, 2) to choose and solve project problems in groups as experts in team, and 3) to summarize projects and share the experiences with all village participants 

Relevant competence

Depending on problem definition and research questions, the village theme requires knowledge from a large variety of disciplines – for instance; Interaction Design, Sustainable manufacturing, computer science, Information security, Engineering, Logistics and Ethics. 

About the village

Autonomous transport is basically about driverless transportation. However, this is a topic with a complex nature, and invites to a broad range of perspectives. Sensors, computers and other technology need to work well together at the same time as humans, society and business are taken into consideration. The basic question is about how to transport humans or small/large objects, and how to include a driverless vehicle into areas of use, like a hospital environment, a busy street or an airport environment. To do this, there is a need of many different skills and competences. We need to take care of logistics, user interface, safety and security, market issues, artificial intelligence, legal and ethical issues. In our village, you will take the role as one of different experts and work together in teams to work on a defined problem.  

In today’s society, we experience the increasingly use of drones, self-driving robots and vehicles, as well as the discussions about regulation and security. This trend will grow further. Driving forces for the development and use autonomous transport could be economic efficiency, political interests and utilisation of new technology. Important considerations will also be security, control, ethics as well as human considerations. Suitable solutions will need an interdisciplinary approach, and the project work would easily focus on topics that give the students relevant skills and knowledge in an emerging trend in the society. 

This village is hosted by Department of design. A design approach into autonomous transport will typically take a user position and emphasize user experiences concerning such perspectives. 

Read  more about the ambulance project here.

Ambulance drone



Course code: IMT4000
Village: Autonomous Transport
Type: Semester
Language: English
Village manager: Terje Stafseng
Contact information: Stine Fridtun Brenden
Semester: Spring 2020
Location: Gjøvik

Important information about EiT

Important information about EiT:

  • The focus on teamwork skills and group processes is the unique feature of Experts in Teamwork (EiT)
  • EiTs teaching methods depend on the contribution and presence of every participant throughout the semester. For this reason, attendance is compulsory on every village day.
  • In contrast to many courses, the first few days are especially important in EiT. During this period, get to know each other and discuss what each individual can contribute. You will also draw up the compulsory cooperation agreement and start preparing a shared research question.
  • For additional information about Experts in Teamwork, see page for students