Paris tests electric driverless minibus to fight pollution


PARIS (AP) — In a city hit by chronic pollution and traffic problems, Paris officials are experimenting with a self-driving shuttle linking two train stations in the French capital.
Two electric-power EZ10 minibuses, which can carry up to six seated passengers, were put into service Monday and will be tested until early April between the Lyon and Austerlitz stations in Paris. The GPS-guided vehicle is free and will be running seven days a week.


Why driverless? Does having a driver somehow increase pollution? And where does the electricity come from that charges the batteries?


The absence of a driver significantly decreases costs of operation, and also leaves more seats for passengers. The electricity, no matter what its source, is cheaper than gas and probably less environmentally costly to deliver.


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