The French-speaking Swiss city of Sion has rolled out two electric self-driving busses which, albeit still in the testing phase, are carefully driving around the city's historic centre, with more destinations planned as part of the two year pilot project. There are still issues and not everyone is imprssed.
Google’s driverless cars have experienced similar problems detecting objects such as rubbish and small debris and avoiding potholes. They also have problems recognising when humans, such as police officers, signal the car to stop. It is unclear how the Sion buses will cope with heavy snow, for example.
“It’s obviously very complex,” Gindrat said. “Our aim at the start is not to go at 80km/h but 20-40km/h. It’s true the EPFL vehicles stopped all the time, but technological progress has been very quick. We are moving in the right direction.”
But not everyone was impressed by Thursday’s show. While the bright-yellow livery got thumbs up, some locals felt it was too slow and questioned whether it was a good idea in the city centre.
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