The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) in partnership with the Mobility Lab Sion Valais, has just announced that it will begin testing electric driverless buses on public roads for the first time ever in Switzerland. This test project will allow EPFL to test and improve their algorithms for the driverless bus technology.
Two buses that can carry 11 passengers will go for a ride through the historical district of Sion, the largest city in the Canton of Valais and they will make a few stops along the way. The ride will be free of charge.
The whole project will be monitored by PostBus, the country's leading public bus operator and the capsules will be running at a maximum speed of 20 KM/H, that's about 12.4 Miles per hour.
A remote operator will make sure that everything runs as planned and they will have one operator on board as well.
Before the project was green-lit, extensive research and legal analysis were conducted by the Swiss Federal Roads Office and the Valais Roads Service. In the meantime, the electric vehicles were decked out with an air conditioning system, second battery, access ramp, and windshield wipers.
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