Self-driving bus rides free of charge during trial operation in Taiwan’s Taichung

Taichung citizens are eligible to ride self-driving buses for free that run on Zhongke Rd. under trial operation

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(Photo courtesy of Taichung City Government)

(Photo courtesy of Taichung City Government)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Transportation Bureau of Taichung City Government announced Saturday in a news release that Taichung citizens are eligible to ride self-driving buses for free that run on Zhongke Rd. (中科路) under trial operation from now until Jan. 21, 2019.

(Video source: Taichung Autonomous Bus website)

The section of Zhongke Rd., where the trial operation is being undertaken, is between Dapeng Rd. (大鵬路) and Jingmao 5th Rd. (經貿五路), according to the news release.

The trial operation is part of the Shuinan Smart City self-driving vehicle project that had just been launched by the city government.

The release also said that Taichung citizens are welcome to use their Flora Exposition card to make an online reservation for a ride or just show up at the intersection of Zhongke Rd. and Dapeng Rd. to register and ride the self-driving bus.

The onsite registration opens at 9 a.m. and lasts through 4:30 p.m., and the self-driving buses run at 30-minute intervals during the aforementioned period of time, the transportation bureau said. For more information, please refer to this site.

"Developing these next generation autonomous systems require the latest in cutting edge technology. LILEE Systems, along with Taichung-based Green Transit Company and other leading Taiwanese ICT companies, collaborated to build the very first 9-meter self-driving bus in Taiwan," according to the introduction to the Taichung self-driving bus under a YouTube video.