Autonomous Shuttle Holds First Test Run In Netherlands

Six Dutch passengers this week were transported across 200 meters of road in a landmark vehicle trial.

(Image credit: WEpods)
(Image credit: WEpods)

Six Dutch passengers this week were transported across 200 meters of road in a landmark vehicle trial.

The Telegraph reports that the driverless WEpod electric shuttle made its street debut in the first test conducted outside of a closed road.

The vehicles — which resemble a small bus — will maneuver on public streets, unlike current autonomous shuttles in the Netherlands and the U.K. that operate in special lanes or on specific trajectories.

(Image credit: WEpods)(Image credit: WEpods)

WEpod passengers will instead book their seats and specify their locations and destinations using an app. The WEpod will operate between the inland towns of Wageningen and Ede, but will eventually expand beyond its fixed route and be implemented in other areas of the country.

The shuttle is monitored by a control room and its speed is capped at 25 miles per hour. Initially, it will not run at night, in rush hour or during foul weather.

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