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Driverless bus scheme extended in Lyon

Driverless buses are set to continue operating in Lyon for another 12 months, following a successful initial run.

driverless bus with phone app
Driverless buses are increasingly popular in France

 

Lyon’s scheme was the first long-term daily service of driverless electric buses in the world, with vehicles operating along a 1.3 kilometre stretch of public streets in the Confluence quarter.

Costing €200,000 each, the buses can reach a maximum speed of 20kph and feature a large range of sensors to ensure collisions are avoided.

The initial 14-month trial launched in September 2016 and was due to conclude in December. However, after moving 22,000 passengers across the city and increasing its service to six days a week from five, Keolis, the company behind the scheme, has agreed to continue the scheme for another year, with authorities in the city expected to support the idea.

In Paris a similar scheme has been running along the Esplanade de la Defense, while the initiative has also attracted significant interest from abroad.

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