Self-driving buses to debut in Sunderland from May

Self-driving buses are to debut in Sunderland from May.

As first reported by the BBC: “The buses will transport people on public roads between the city’s transport interchange and Sunderland Royal Hospital.

The vehicles have back-up drivers who can takeover the vehicle at any point.”

“The shuttles could point towards a future of sustainable transport, a council official said.

The vehicles are currently being trialled at the Stadium of Light, so the back-up drivers can get used to the technology.

Liz St Louis, at Sunderland City Council, said the authority hoped the buses would run on a 15-minute loop on roads between the Park Lane interchange, hospital and the University of Sunderland.

Two self-driving vehicles will be operational from May.”