Public Can Climb Aboard Driverless Bus in Minneapolis

January 25, 2018 07:03 AM

A driverless bus has arrived in Minneapolis, and members of the public can be one of the first to take it for a spin around downtown.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is testing the bus with human riders in winter conditions. It's also meant to show people how the way we travel could one day be changed.

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The guest riders Wednesday were blind and they had a chance to experience a wheel chair ready ramp that lowers itself down to pick up riders.

According to the MnDOT website, free rides will be offered to the public from 3rd to 4th Street on the Nicollet Mall during the lead-up to the Super Bowl on Feb. 4 at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Rides will run Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The electric vehicle charges overnight and can operate for 14 hours or less, depending on factors including the cold.

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