Trial service for driverless buses to start in Taipei

MIDNIGHT RESEARCH: The autonomous shuttle service would take 15 passengers, who must register ahead of time for a short trip on Xinyi Road

Taipei Times
Date: Sep 27, 2020
By: Staff writer, with CNA

Turing Drive Co driverless buses, which will commence a nighttime trial service on Xinyi Road in Taipei on Wednesday, are parked in Taipei on Feb. 27.
Photo courtesy of the Taipei City Government Department of Transportation

Taipei residents starting on Wednesday next week can ride a driverless bus during a midnight trial service on Xinyi Road, officials said yesterday.

Passengers must first register for one of six sections, ranging from 1 to 1.7km, on a route between Taipei 101 and Hangzhou S Road, Department of Information Technology official Wu Chien-ni (吳茜妮) said.

One ride is to be offered each night, and would depart from Taipei 101 at 12:30am and head west toward the intersection of Xinyi and Hangzhou roads before turning toward the intersection of Xinyi and Guangfu roads at 2:15am, Wu said.

Each ride would take about 15 minutes, and the 6m long vehicle, operated by Turing Drive Co, can hold 34 passengers, but only 15 would be permitted during the trial service, she said, adding that registration details would be disclosed tomorrow.    [FULL  STORY]

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