World's first driverless bus service launched in French city of Lyon

Sep 12, 2016 11:10 IST

World's first driverless bus serviceThe world’s first driverless bus service began carrying passengers in the first week of September 2016 in Lyon, France.

Two electric minibuses with a capacity of 15 passengers each are now operating a 10-minute route with five stops in the city centre at an average speed of 10 Kilometres per hour.

Key highlights of driverless bus

The buses include features like LiDAR radar technology and motion sensors to help it avoid collisions.

They’re equipped with a range of detectors that allow them to know exactly where they are.

It can hold up to 15 passengers.

The bus is designed by French company Navya.

The electric buses were tested in several French cites and in Switzerland before coming to Lyon.

They are also set to undergo trials in Dubai.

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What is LiDAR technology?

LiDAR is a surveying technology that measures distance by illuminating a target with a laser light.

It is sometimes considered an acronym of Light Detection and Ranging.

However, it was originally created as a portmanteau of light and radar.

It is popularly used as a technology to make high-resolution maps, with applications in geodesy, geomatics, archaeology, geography, geology, etc.

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