They are already trundling around the streets of Sion in the Valais – now the canton of Graubünden is going to test driverless buses on some of its popular tourist routes.
The canton wants to find out if the autonomous SmartShuttle buses will be useful for short journeys to certain tourist attractions such as the ‘Heidi village’ in Maienfeld, PostBus told news agency ATS
Tests will start on Wednesday, before the 11-seater buses welcome their first passengers on Friday.
Displaying the yellow livery of PostBus, the electric vehicles are installed with fleet-management technology developed by Lausanne start-up Best Mile which allows them to navigate roads accurately at a speed of 20km/hr.
Though driverless, for safety reasons each bus has a conductor on board who can apply the emergency brake if necessary.