Self-driving cars may not be available for the masses yet, but some cities are already beginning to experiment with integrating autonomous vehicles into their public transportation system.
So far, self-driving cars that are available for public use are all part of a testing phase. But their ability to successfully transport loads of passengers (some in major cities) without any accidents highlights how autonomous vehicles are the future.
Check out five places where everyday citizens can soon take a ride in a self-driving vehicle.
The Netherlands: The WEpod is a tiny electric shuttle that will travel between two towns in The Netherlands starting in November
The self-driving electric shuttle, which can carry six passengers, will travel to the towns of Wageningen and Ede in the center of the Netherlands.
There are also plans to add more routes in the region by May 2016.
Its initial introduction to the public this November will serve as a test phase, meaning the WEPod will not be used in rush hour traffic, poor weather or at night. However, the shuttles will operate on public streets alongside normal traffic.
However, the vehicle has a max speed of 15 miles per hour.
People can reserve a ride in the shuttle by using an app that enables the user to enter their pick-up location and their destination.
A self-driving bus built by the Chinese company Yutong drove around for 20 miles in Zhengzhou, China last week.
While the bus is not yet fully rolled out in the area, locals can take a ride during its test phase in October.
The United States: Starting summer 2016, passengers will be able to take autonomous buses around a business park in Northern California
The same company responsible for the WEpod in the Netherlands and the EZ10 in Finland is now creating an autonomous bus for Northern California. The buses will be used for prototype testing at Bishop Ranch, an office park in San Ramon.
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Look familiar? That's because this bus is the predecessor to the WEpod, which autonomously transports passengers in the Netherlands.
The fully electric EZ10 shuttle began testing earlier this year and is still open to the public for use.
Like the self-driving shuttles in the Netherlands, the shuttle also allows passengers to use an app for pick-up.
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