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Finland is testing out these box-shaped buses that drive themselves

The vehicles can transport up to ten people at a time but only travel at 9.6kmh.

Image: Vantaa-kanava fi/YouTube

SELF-DRIVING VEHICLES are still a long way from appearing on our roads, but tests are underway.

The city of Helsinki, Finland, is testing out a pair of self-driving buses as part of a month-long pilot.

The EZ10 Robot Shuttle will mix with regular traffic and can transport up to ten people at a time. However, it only has a top speed of 9.6 kmh.

The pilot is one of the first in the world as Finnish laws don’t require vehicles on the road to have a driver, according to Finnish news outlet Uutiset.

The pilot will continue until mid-September, but if it’s is successful, these buses could be used to complement existing public transport services in the future.

Finland has already tested out self-driving buses before. The neighbouring city of Vantaa used the same buses during a housing fair last year, but they didn’t mix with regular traffic.

The maker of these buses, French company EasyMile, is also testing them out in Tokyo, Japan as well as other places like parks and universities.

Source: Vantaa-kanava fi/YouTube

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