Munich tests convoys of self-driving buses that follow human driver

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Researchers in the southern German city of Munich are testing a new urban transit concept that could see city buses being accompanied by a second and third driverless bus that follows close behind. Designed to help a city quickly respond to peak transit times without the need for humans to drive additional buses, the so-called “platoons” of buses are tightly-grouped with a human driver in the leading vehicle. The robot ones are linked electronically to the driver’s bus and operate automatically by responding in real time to the lead driver’s commands to brake, turn or accelerate. The buses can…

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