As a first, Switzerland will soon have electric powered buses, that will be driverless to ferry passengers. The bus would be able to transport nine passengers at a time.
The autonomous public transport buses will launch in the canton of Valais with a collaboration between PostBus and a Swiss startup founded by graduates from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) located in Lausanne.
Two new driverless buses will be put to test on public roads in Sion, beginning early 2016. With the ability to carry nine passengers, the driverless buses will be in service at tourist zones in Sion. Using technology developed by Lausanne-based start up BestMile, the driverless electric buses will be able to navigate through streets accurately.
The driverless bus project is a result of a two-year research done jointly by BestMile and EPFL. The research is to find mathematical algorithms that will help driverless vehicles to deal with different road conditions and help operate such vehicles remotely.