Autonomous busses in 8 Catalan municipalities
The Catalan Tour of the Autonomous Bus was presented in August. This is a pilot test that will allow eight councils in Catalonia to operate a driverless bus on public roads for the first time. The tour takes place in the months of September and October.
The purpose of this tour is twofold: on the one hand, it will allow citizens to see how a vehicle of these characteristics works, how it interacts with the city and understand what the new culture of mobility will entail; and on the other hand, it will enable city councils to see how the vehicle behaves and what changes cities will have to make to adapt to its operation.
The Catalan Tour of the Autonomous Bus began on September 7 in Sant Cugat del Vallès and will be in each municipality for seven days: two to carry out the tests of the route, in which the journey that the minibus must do is recorded, and the other five carrying passengers. After Sant Cugat, the bus will go to Terrassa, Sabadell, Girona (university area), Reus, El Vendrell, Martorell and Vic.
Although this autonomous vehicle does not have a driver, there will be technical operators who will always accompany it and advise citizens who want to try the system, as well as solve any incident.
The bus has a capacity for 12 people (6 seated and 6 standing) and is 100% electric, air-conditioned and accessible for people with reduced mobility. It has been named as ERICA, from the initials of the Catalan words for Electric, Revolutionary, Intelligent and Amiable.
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