29 Jan 15

Autonomous vehicles in real-time French test

During last December, the city of La Rochelle on the Atlantic coast of France, started operating three driverless minibuses as public transport on three city centre routes. This experiment, which falls within the framework of the European CityMobil2 project, will continue until the end of April.

The ten-seater vehicles are produced by Basque company Robosoft, reports Automobile & Entreprise, and drive at 15-20 km/h. they are fitted with GPS for the routes, and sensors which detect obstacles on the route. The objective of the city of La Rochelle is not only to test the reliability of autonomous driving, but also the reaction of users. The website reports that Milan in Italy, and Léon in Spain, are considering such tests.

Authored by: Tim Harrup