Helsinki Embraces Driverless Buses

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Photo from SOHJOA.

In Finland a driver is not legally required in a vehicle.  This fact has helped pave the way for a project in Helsinki called Sohjoa.  The goal of this project is to reduce private cars in Helsinki  and their emissions.

To accomplish part of the goal, Helsinki is testing driverless buses.  The buses are “taught” a particular route by having someone drive them on the route they need to go on.

The buses are also outfitted with sensors like GPS to keep them on the correct route.  The buses are designed to hold 12 passengers and can travel up to 15 mph.

 

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