It was quiet on Friday morning. A self-driving test was carried out for less than four hours along a several-hundred-meter section at a seaside public road in Hernesaari district in Helsinki.
Impatient at the slow speed of the unmanned mini-bus, a following car overtook it side by side. The passengers inside the driverless bus could feel it braked automatically.
The attendant explained that the bus will slow down if it detects through its laser eyes any unexplainable object. It is not able to tell whether it is a harmless car or a human.
Even though there was no chauffer, the passengers were accompanied with an attendant who could switch on manual steering, should it be required. Without driver’s cabin, the French made EZ-10 bus can carry 12 passengers at a time.