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Taipei City plans to launch self-driving city buses to help public transportation needs

The Taipei City Government is planning to launch self-driving city buses to ease late night traffic demand to help satisfy public transportation needs for passengers, according to the Taipei Department of Transportation (DOT).

No other than Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je who introduced the project in 2017 but that time it draws lots of criticism that may createnlots of traffic problems.

Since then, the Taipei City Government has examined and revised the plan for the self-driving vehicles and will conduct road tests in the first half of 2020.

The driverless bus can accommodate 12 passengers and a conductor will be on board to ensure the vehicle is functioning properly.

The plan is the driverless bus will be functioning from 12midnight til 5 a.m. when human-driven buses and MRT trains have stopped operating.

According to the Taipei City Traffic Engineering Office, the driverless bus proposal still needs to be reviewed and approved by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).


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