GERMANY: Germany tests first driverless shuttles in local public transport

German rail operator Deutsche Bahn and the body responsible for regional train services in the west of the country are launching Germany’s first pilot project for a driverless on-demand shuttle service in local public transport.

The vehicles are effectively driverless in a defined area, but initially a safety driver will be on board, Deutsche Bahn announced on Tuesday…

The railway company says all driving manoeuvres will be decided by the vehicle, but they will be monitored by technical supervisory staff during the test period.

Deutsche Bahn hopes the services will make local public transport more attractive and flexible. The orderable shuttles should ensure comprehensive mobility, especially in rural areas, and link different modes of transport.

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