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 green light from the transport authority.
“This is actually a really big deal right now. There’s no more than a handful of these kinds of street traffic trials taking place, if that,” said Metropolia University of Applied Sciences project manager Harri Santamala.
In addition to Metropolia, several other players working in traffic automation are also involved in the pilot.