Helsinki rolls out driverless bus pilot

Commuters may be taken aback by the sight of driverless buses plying routes in Helsinki’s Hernesaari district. The trials will continue until mid-September. Finland can well afford to take the lead on such pilots as current legislation does not require vehicles to have a driver. History is being made in Helsinki’s Hernesaari district, as automatic buses take to the streets. Commuters and motorists will have to get used to seeing a pair of driverless mini-buses negotiating traffic in the area as the city tests the robot vehicles through mid-September. The pilots are among the first in the world, since Finnish laws don’t require vehicles on the road to have a driver. This has made it easier for officials to get the required green light from the transport safety authority Trafi.”

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