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Driverless Bus Hits the Streets in Finland

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Old Friday, August 19th, 2016   #1
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Driverless Bus Hits the Streets in Finland

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One of the world's first driverless bus test runs is operating in the Hernesaari district of Helsinki, with the goal of supplementing public transportation.



Residents of Helsinki, Finland will soon be used to the sight of buses with no drivers roaming the city streets. One of the world's first autonomous bus pilot programs has begun in the Hernesaari district, and will run through mid-September.


Finnish law does not require vehicles on the road to have a driver, making it the perfect place to get permission to test the Easymile EZ-10 electric mini-buses.


"This is actually a really big deal right now," Harri Santamala, project manager at Metropolia University of Applied Sciences and the test project lead, told a local news outlet. "There's no more than a handful of these kinds of street traffic trials taking place, if that."


The robotic buses could be used in addition to existing public transportation options in the future, Santamala said. "Their purpose is to supplement but not to replace it," he added. "For example, the goal could be to use them as a feeder service for high-volume bus or metro traffic... In other words, the mini-bus would know when the connecting service is coming and it would get you there on time."

Last year, Hernesaari's neighboring Finnish city Vantaa deployed similar autonomous buses during a housing fair—but they only operated on routes shut off from other traffic. In contrast, Hernesaari is a more high-traffic area. People in cars will have to get used to navigating behind the robot buses, whose average speed is just over six miles per hour.

It's not clear if EasyMile will have a safety driver or override system in place if something goes wrong.
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It's early days but I'd be very surprised if ultimately these things did not take over from human bus and taxi drivers. When they do, millions of drivers around the world will have to look elsewhere for employment.
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It's a crazy world......

I wonder what the unemployment rate is in Finland or what the welfare rolls are? I guess it is better to keep the birth rates low by having all this automation and never needing humans to do anything[sarcasm].

The best thing about all this technology is that it is all doomed to fail, and fail it will and they will send out their robots to fix their failures and then the robots brake down and nobody will remember how to fix them and so on and so fourth until we all live happily ever after.
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The best thing about all this technology is that it is all doomed to fail, and fail it will and they will send out their robots to fix their failures and then the robots brake down and nobody will remember how to fix them and so on and so fourth until we all live happily ever after.
Just how far this automation thing will go is hard to say. But one things for sure, I wouldn't advise any 18 year olds to start training as bus drivers in Helsinki, not unless they want to be unemployed before they turn 30.
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In Swiss cities, drivers are already robots anyway so it won't change a lot of things if driverless buses come here... It's striking how dehumanized the humans have become in public transportation in a couple of decades. But a few exceptions, only drivers in the countryside have a personal feeling for customers here. Others are already just transparent.
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In Swiss cities, drivers are already robots anyway so it won't change a lot of things if driverless buses come here...
OMG! I laughed a little too much at this post.
Swiss Bus Driver, "Get in the bus flesh-bag. You damned meat-walkers all need a reformat. Keeping my timetable database randomized!"

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What advances! Now the ISIS guy just needs to hack the bus to plow through a crowd and kill dozens of people. And he doesn't even have to be there to get shot! He can then just remotely hack another bus and do the same thing again! Then he can hack a school bus with 50 7yo kids on it and drive it off a cliff! Such ingenious technology!
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Or if you happen to be a right wing politician, and on the CIA's bucket list. I guess you should never get in an autodrive car too. ... I saw some footage of a Russian politician's car suddenly swerve into oncoming traffic for no reason on the web a few months or so back... It has me wondering now....... But I can't locate the video anymore either.
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Or if you happen to be a right wing politician, and on the CIA's bucket list. I guess you should never get in an autodrive car too. ... I saw some footage of a Russian politician's car suddenly swerve into oncoming traffic for no reason on the web a few months or so back... It has me wondering now....... But I can't locate the video anymore either.
Also, look up Jörg Haider and Michael Hastings, both of whom were driving sophisticated German cars in the middle of the night when they sped up to extreme speeds and crashed.
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What advances! Now the ISIS guy just needs to hack the bus to plow through a crowd and kill dozens of people.

If autopilot systems are as simple to hack as you seem to think, how come Al Qaeda haven't succeeded in hacking an airliner yet? It should be "easy" to do, right? Surely a better option than getting themselves killed while crashing a plane manually. Yet so far as we know, the hacking of an airplanes autopilot has never even been attempted by terrorists, much less achieved.

On the contrary, in the context of terrorism, driver-less vehicles would be a far safer option for society, for the simple reason that a terrorist could no longer just jump in a car and ram into people as happened in London the other day. That guy was no hacker but he didn't need to be...
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Because the CIA through Wikileaks tells us it's easy to hack.

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