Self-driving shuttle trial to start this Friday in Brussels park
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    Self-driving shuttle trial to start this Friday in Brussels park

    SAM-e, a self-driving shuttled bus, will launch in Brussels this Friday. Credit: STIB.

    Members of the public can board the self-driving, electric, shuttle bus ‘SAM-e’ for the first time this Friday in a park in the municipality of Woluwe-Saint-Pierre.

    While the bus has been on display in the park, it will only begin its trial period on Friday.

    Passengers will be able to use it until the end of September, after which the bus will be tested at other locations, as previously reported.

    The bus which can carry twelve passengers at a time will travel to and from the municipality’s  Municipal Sports Centre and the park, stopping at Avenue de Tervuren and Avenue du Parc de Woluwe along the way, according to a statement by the public transport company.

    The bus is equipped with a location and detection system at each of the vehicle’s four corners in order to be able to detect fixed and moving obstacles that cross its path and react accordingly. The bus route is also equipped with signposts so that the vehicle can orient itself.

    STIB staff will also be present to guide travellers, record their opinions and study the behaviour of the vehicle.

    Madeleine Fletcher
    The Brussels Times