by Mike ‘Mish’ Shedlock
Switzerland is testing self-driving electric buses on public roads in the historical district of Sion, the largest city of the Canton of Valais. Passengers can use the buses free of charge.
[…] Auto Revolution reports Switzerland Starts Testing Autonomous Bus On Public Roads.
Switzerland’s leading public bus operator has commenced testing self-driving buses on public roads.
These are driverless buses that are fully-electric and that can transport 11 passengers at a time. Their top speed is limited to 20 km/h (12.4 mph), but the project can improve the technology behind autonomous cars, as well as boosting acceptance of driverless vehicles.
Each shuttle will have a trained attendant on board, which will have to ensure that the vehicle is operating properly and that the passengers are safe. In the unlikely scenario that something goes wrong, the human attendant has two failsafe options, in the form of emergency stop controls.