Self-driving minibuses set to roam the streets of Tallinn in 2017

Estonia will be holding the presidency of the EU for its first time during the second half of 2017. As such, it’s expected that the number of foreign officials visiting Estonia will increase exponentially. This is a unique opportunity to present the tech-savvy nature of Estonians.

With approximately 20 high-level events due to take place, as well as up to 12 unofficial meetings of various ministers from all over Europe, it is important to show the world what Estonia has to offer, what the country can do and how Europe could benefit from our actions.

Around 20000-30000 visitors are expected to flock to Estonia during the EU presidency, therefore it is vital to ensure that the transport system can cope with this pressure. Of course not everyone is going to use public transportation, but if they do, it should be as high-tech and convenient as possible.

One of the best examples of this ideology, and by far the coolest, is that starting July 2017, at least two self-driving minibuses will start roaming the streets of Tallinn. And they will not be driving empty. Both foreign visitors and locals can jump onboard and experience the innovative transportation technology. Even better: riding the buses is completely free of charge.

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Victoria Krisman
Victoria Krisman is Interactive Media Specialist and Communications Manager for the Intelligent Community Forum.
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