Flemish carrier wants to bring on the road in 2018 self-propelled bus




The Flemish transport company De Lijn wants to bring on the road a self-propelled bus in 2018. The bus has to maintain an hourly service during a pilot project near Zaventem airport for a distance of 5 kilometers.

The process in which the self-propelled bus should be driving in an area known as ‘private road’ to denote. Therefore, the bus runs in the strict sense of the law on public roads and does the legislation not be amended. The self-propelled bus, however, will probably move between normal traffic. It is a path between a number of parking spaces near Zaventem airport, an area with industrial estates and the terminals at the airport.

The bus has to transport from 2018 approximately 250 passengers per hour at an average speed of about 20 km / h. The project has an estimated cost of 360,000 euros, with costs shared between the line and the airport. After the summer, interested companies can register for the tender.

According to Roger Kesteloot, director of The Line, it is not intended that self-propelled bus drivers to replace, writes Datanews. It would be projects where the employment of drivers would be too expensive. In addition, Minister of Mobility Ben Weyts wants Flanders invests in technology for autonomous vehicles and in the longer term there must also introduce legislation to allow self-propelled cars and buses on the road.

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