First driverless minibuses on the road in the NetherlandsStaff writer ▼ | January 30, 2016
The Netherlands started test-driving its first driverless minibuses on Thursday hoping to introduce a full-time autonomous passenger service in a central Dutch province by summer.
Technology in transport WEpod shuttle without a driver
"Currently two WEPods will drive around the campus" at Wageningen University, where it is being tested, said Jac Niessen, the university's science spokesman.
"At the end of a successful testing phase, the route will be expanded off campus," the province said in a press release.
The 12-minute route will take passengers along quiet back roads, but the minibus will have to contend with cars, cyclists and pedestrians. It will be programmed with a carefully mapped-out route in which all obstacles including trees and streetlights have been documented. ■