Finland to roll self-driving buses onto Helsinki's roads

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18:02, 18 August 2016

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The city of Helsinki is currently testing a pair of self-driving buses "in the wild," if you will -- that is, on active city streets. A test in the Finnish city includes autonomous buses navigating actual traffic.

The tests are among the first in the world, according to Uutiset, because Finnish law doesn't mandate that a vehicle on the streets have a driver. This has made it easier for officials to get the required green light from the transport safety authority Trafi.

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While Helsinki may be one of the first cities in the world to let loose the robot buses on the streets, it is not the first Finnish city to do so. Last year neighboring Vantaa rolled out similar vehicles during its housing fair, although they only operated on routes shut off from other traffic at the time.

The buses, which will be on the road till mid-September, could one day supplement existing public transit by shuttling riders to major lines.

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