On Saturday 29 July at 12.30, Easymile driverless buses will start operating routes in the centre of Tallinn. The shuttles are being introduced as part of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU, which considers the development of technology and its impact on society a priority area.
The shuttles will be in service from Monday to Saturday, from 8.30 to 17.30 (on Saturday 29 July, the buses will be in service from 12.30 to 15.30) on the route between Mere Avenue (Mere puiestee) and the Tallinn Creative Hub (Kultuurikatel), the shuttles are free of charge for everyone. Two buses are in service at a time, they move together and each bus has an eight passenger capacity.
A presenter will be present in both buses to explain the driverless technology to passengers. The presenter is compulsory according to the traffic code. All of the conventional rules of public transport apply in the shuttles and therefore, food and drinks are not allowed on board.
The driverless shuttles will be in service until the end of August.
The pilot project cost about €100 000, two-thirds of which will be covered by partners from the private sector. The transport of the driverless buses to Estonia was supported by Tallink, Milrem, Guardtime, DSV and Microsoft. The shuttle route was prepared by the Tallinn Transport Department.