|A driverless bus was tested on a hospital site, east of Geneva city centre in 2020. (Photo: swissinfo.ch)
Geneva has been chosen as one of three European test sites for a full-scale driverless public bus service, part of the Horizon Europe ULTIMO mobility initiative.
Other test sites are Kronach of Germany and Oslo of Norway. A total of 45 vehicles will be deployed, including 15 in Geneva.
By offering door-to-door, on-demand, 24-hour transport, the service will be of higher quality. It will also avoid empty trips during off-peak hours and thus reduce costs. By responding to demand in real time, queuing and congestion around stations could be avoided.