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Driverless bus enters service in Woluwe Park

21:53 29/06/2019

Brussels' first driverless bus has taken its passengers for a ride through Woluwe Park - at 10kph.

The electric mini-bus, named SAM-e, launched on Friday after three weeks of tests. It will run every weekend (Friday to Sunday) from 13.00-19.00 until 22 September, except next weekend because of the Tour de France.

The bus has room for just six people sitting down and another six standing. Passengers can board at five stops along the 1.5km route.

The bus is equipped with sensors to detect obstacles, as well as GPS tracking.

During the experiment, a Stib member of staff will be on hand at all times to help passengers board, ask their opinions of the new service - and manually take over driving if necessary.

"The tests will then be pushed further and further," said a Stib spokeswoman. In the autumn, driverless buses will be tested out in real traffic conditions at the Solvay site in Neder-Over-Heembeek.

Written by The Bulletin