Public can test out a robot taxi in Normandy

The robot Zoes will get a full test on the varying ‘obstacles’ of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray’s roads

People in Normandy will soon be able to try one of a fleet of free robot taxis with public tests starting in Rouen of Europe’s first on-demand autonomous car service on open roads.

Using a smartphone app, users can hail one of the four blue, white and red all-electric Renault Zoes running routes in the Technopôle du Madrillet in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray to the Technopôle tram stop.

The service is due to start in  September “if necessary permissions are obtained” with taxis shuttling passengers to and from the tram to cover the ‘last kilometre’ to premises in a 10km zone with little public transport.

The robot cars will drive at normal road speeds and ...

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