After launching driverless buses on a limited route in Tallinn on Saturday, so far the authority didn’t receive any major objection. Moreover, Estonia runs the driverless buses without any major incidents. In fact, the buses are running on the road without a single emergency response.
Nonetheless, there are some issues that have come front. On Monday, an eyewitness shared an occurrence. One of the driverless buses didn’t yield to a police car with its lights flashing when crossing the intersection at Mere Avenue. But, the Traffic Act requires vehicles to yield in such situation.
In fact, an ERR photographer witnessed that a driverless bus ignored a pedestrian green light. Instead of considering the pedestrians the bus surprised them by driving through the crosswalk.
People are saying that generically driverless bus is safe. Nevertheless, it needs special attention and human interference in some points where the buses come in direct contact with traditional traffic. Thus driverless buses will be able to avoid collision with emergency transport and pedestrian.
However, Talvo Ruutelmaa suggested expressed his thought that “The artificial intelligence must do everything, but just in case, there is a person on board, a human escort, who has a button with which they can stop the vehicle”. Talvo Ruutelmaa is the director of the Traffic Management Department of Tallinn Transport Administration. Moreover, this agency is the one responsible for the safety of the driverless vehicles. He further added, “The artificial intelligence is designed so that if it has any doubts, it will come to a stop, so if anyone steps in fronts of it, it will stop in any case”.