It might sound a little underwhelming with just an eight passenger capacity and a bus official on-board, but this is a significant step forward for autonomous vehicles. They are also free for passengers to use. Looks like France is ahead of the UK in getting approval through the Transport Ministry and Paris is only one of several cities with plans already scheduled for similar live trials.
Paris tried out its first driverless buses on Monday, with officials predicting a worldwide "revolution" of self-driving vehicles. As part of the French capital's effors to reduce the carbon dioxyde emissions, Paris tested driverless electric buses for the first time on Monday. The test will run until 7 April 2017 and the vehicles, which use a combination of lasers and cameras to detect other objects and people around them, can carry around eight passengers and a transport authority employee. "Autonomous vehicles represent a revolution for every city on the planet ... which will change our urban environment and public space in a spectacular fashion over the next 20 years," Paris deputy mayor Jean-Louis Missika told reporters.