Self-driving minibuses to be tested in Brussels over the summer
Wednesday, 05 June 2019
Electric, self-driving minibuses will be tested in a Brussels park this summer. Credit: STIB
Two electric, self-driving minibuses will be put in service in a Brussels park this summer, in a pilot project by the city’s public transport company to expand services in areas less well-deserved by public transports.
The minibuses will have a capacity of twelve people in total and will be also accessible to passengers with reduced mobility, the STIB public transport company said in a statement.
According to STIB, the pilot project is intended to serve as an initial test to further develop self-driving transportation services in the city, particularly in areas less-well deserved by the rest of its transportation network.
The plan for the future would be to “complete the existing public transportation offer and introduce these self-driving buses in areas like (…) universities, hospitals or parks.
Paris’ RATP public transport operator will participate in the trial, after having already tested a similar project in the French capital.
The trial will run throughout the summer, from June 28 until September 22, in the Parc du Woluwe, located in the eastern Brussels municipality of Woluwe-Saint-Pierre.