Driverless bus service begins in New Taipei

08/03/2020 09:39 PM
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Photo courtesy of Chunghwa Telecom
Photo courtesy of Chunghwa Telecom

Taipei, Aug. 3 (CNA) A free driverless bus service between a Danhai Light Rail station and a nearby department store began on a limited basis on Monday ahead of its scheduled opening to the general public in September.

The service, which was jointly developed by Chunghwa Telecom, Kingwaytek Technology and Tanshui Bus Transportation Co., will run between Kanding Station and Miranew Square in New Taipei, and take about five minutes each way.

It is the first public transportation service in Taiwan that integrates driverless buses with cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technology, which allows the bus to communicate with roadside detectors, an online monitoring network, and other vehicles on the road, according to Chunghwa Telecom.

A total of 20 passengers are allowed on board at a time, and the buses will run every 20 minutes between 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. from Tuesday to Friday, with an extra service at night on weekends.

In August, the bus service will only be open for groups of five people and above from companies, organizations, university students in related fields, and local Tamsui residents, who are required to make reservations two days ahead of time.

Members of the general public will be able to use the service starting in September.

(By Wu Chia-hao and Chiang Yi-ching)

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