23 Aug 2016


Two driverless buses will be running on the streets of the Finnish capital Helsinki for some real-world testing during the next couple of weeks, report Finnish media. The EasyMile minibuses, manufactured in France, have previously been tested on public roads in Finland, but without other traffic around. But this is the first time they’ll be mixed up with everyday traffic.

Finnish law, amazingly, doesn’t require a driver on a vehicle — making it an ideal test bed for at least some kinds of self-driving technologies. These EZ10 buses are intended for short-range shuttling of people, for instance between a train station and bus stop will only travel at a jogging pace. These vehicles, with different purposes, in different countries, following different traffic rules may well become a whole different industry within a couple of years.

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