In a year long experiment, high-tech autonomous minibuses, capable of speeds of up to 20 kilometers an hour (12 mph), will be ferrying passengers around the center of Lyon.
They can carry up to 15 people between five stops on a 10-minute route. The buses, costing £170,000 each, are fitted with high-tech equipment including laser sensors, stereo vision and GPS. They have already been tested in other French cities and in Sion, Switzerland but without carrying passengers.
The buses are made by Navya and the latest model is called the ARMA. Navya wrote on its website: ‘The NAVYA ARMA is a 100 per cent electric and autonomous transport vehicle. ‘This innovating and intelligent driverless shuttle can transport up to 15 passengers and safely drive up to 12mph.