Helsinki to feature short distance driverless minibuses on its street

This will be the first time in the world that such an experiment is held on live-traffic.

Although Finland has been testing its autonomous buses on public roads for a while now, it did so away from the busy traffic of its big cities. It is now set to try out its adorable EasyMile driverless autonomous buses on the streets of Helsinki.

Armed with laws which allow autonomous vehicles on its street, Finland is one of the first countries in the world to allow its minibuses on city roads.

Earlier in April, the city of Dubai had signed a deal with EasyMile to test its vehicles on its roads. Earlier this month, a Japanese mall has also begun using the vehicle for shuttling around shoppers. But neither of these deployments compare to the hustle and bustle of live-traffic of Finland’s Helsinki experiment.

The minibuses will not be doing extensive long distance runs as the EZ10 has been designed keeping short distances in mind, such as ferrying people from the metro to the bus stand with a maximum speed of over 6 miles per hour.

If all goes according to plan, the vehicles will supplement the city’s existing mass transit infrastructure.

The test run will be upto the middle of September.


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