Next year Prague will witness what could be the next stage in environmentally friendly mass transit, reducing worldwide carbon emissions and taking another step towards sustainable living, free of excessive fossil fuel consumption.

The first self-driving electric buses will run in Prague 4. The buses are electric, silent and non-polluting.

The vehicles are part of CityMobil2, an EU-funded research project that is staging tests of automated road transport systems with self-driving buses across Europe. Each bus can carry 10 to 12 passengers along the road at speeds of up to 20 kilometers an hour, around the same speed as a milk float, but faster than a golf buggy.

The automated buses use sensors to detect any obstacles before taking decisive action to avoid a collusion.

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