【瑞士明年推行无人驾驶大巴】

瑞士明年推行无人驾驶大巴】由BestMile推出的两辆无人驾驶大巴PostBus将于明年春天在瑞士的旅游线路推出。该大巴时速12英里每小时,可搭载九人,还拥有超大车窗便于观光。它将试运行2年,就像塔台调度飞机一样,将会有远程人员监控。

Switzerland to launch buses on public streets next year that drive themselves (but don't climb on board if you're in a hurry as they only do 12mph)

  • The buses are being launched by start-up company BestMile in Sion
  • Two 'PostBus' vehicles will go on trial runs for around two years
  • Able to run at 12mph, the electric buses are operated remotely

Driverless buses are to hit the streets of Switzerland next spring in one of the world's first public trials of such vehicles.

The two autonomous vehicles, which can carry nine passengers, will be operating in the tourist area of Sion as part of a rethinking of the country's public transportation system.

The PostBus vehicles have been created by start-up BestMile and will undergo a two-year trial run that will test how well they operate in real-life traffic.

Driverless buses are to hit the streets of Switzerland next Spring in one of the world's first public trials of such vehicles

Concepts from BestMile show that the yellow buses feature large windows and are ideal for tourists to observe the surroundings in the Sion area.

Able to run at 12mph, the electric buses are said to have the capability of navigating roads accurately and identifying obstacles and road signs.

Humans will still be involved with some aspects of the journey as the buses will be operated remotely in the same way that an airport control tower directs planes.

Mathematical algorithms will allow the smart vehicles to respond to different scenarios on the road.

BestMile was set up in January 2014 by graduates Anne Koymans and Raphaël Gindrat from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne.

Able to run at 12mph, the electric buses are said to have the capability of navigating roads accurately and identifying obstacles and road signs. The project will be trialled in Sion 

Able to run at 12mph, the electric buses are said to have the capability of navigating roads accurately and identifying obstacles and road signs. The project will be trialled in Sion

'The main challenge was to develop a complex system in less than one year,' Gindrat said to MailOnline Travel.

'Autonomous public transport systems will become more and more usual. The final goal is to convince people to leave their car at home when they move into town.'

The news follows a plethora of announcements from companies such as Google, Apple, Tesla and Uber, who are all developing their own self-driving cars.

Ford became the first major car maker to test autonomous vehicles at Mcity – the full-scale simulated real-world urban environment at the University of Michigan

Ford became the first major car maker to test autonomous vehicles at Mcity – the full-scale simulated real-world urban environment at the University of Michigan

THE FAKE MCITY IN MICHIGAN

The $6.5 million facility will be outfitted with 40 building facades, angled intersections, a traffic circle, a bridge, a tunnel, gravel roads, and plenty of obstructed views.

Occupying 32 acres at the University's North Campus Research Complex, it includes approximately five lane-miles of roads with intersections, traffic signs and signals, sidewalks, benches, simulated buildings, street lights, and obstacles such as construction barriers.

Just last week Ford became the first major car maker to test autonomous vehicles at Mcity – the full-scale simulated real-world urban environment at the University of Michigan.

The full-scale fake city provides real-world road scenarios – such as running a red light – that can't be replicated on public roads.

There are street lights, crosswalks, lane delineators, curb cuts, bike lanes, trees, hydrants, sidewalks, signs, traffic control devices – even construction barriers.

'Testing Ford's autonomous vehicle fleet at Mcity provides another challenging, yet safe, urban environment to repeatedly check and hone these new technologies,' said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development.

'This is an important step in making millions of people's lives better and improving their mobility.'


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