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Paris tests free electric shuttles to fight pollution

Baku, January 24, AZERTAC

In a city hit by chronic pollution and traffic problems, Paris officials are experimenting with an electric powered self-driving shuttle linking two train stations, according to Associated Press.

Two of the EZ10 minibuses, which can carry up to six seated passengers and six standing, were put into service today.

The buses will be tested until early April, between the Lyon and Austerlitz stations in Paris.

The GPS-guided vehicles will be free and will be running seven days a week.

Like a metro, the shuttle buses run back and forth in a single traffic lane at 15 miles (25km) per hour.

Instead of a tram, the bus requires no infrastructure - instead it follows a virtual route that can be changed at any time.

Jean-Louis Missika, a Paris deputy mayor in charge of innovation, said self-driving vehicles 'will change the urban landscape in a spectacular fashion' within the next 20 years.

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