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A WEpod driverless microbus sits beside a road barrier during test driving in the Wageningen University's campus site in Wageningen, Netherlands, on Thursday, Jan. 28. 2016. The WEpod navigates through traffic with lasers and other sensors, GPS and pre-programmed 3D maps of the route making constant comparisons to real-life images. (Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg)

(Bloomberg) — Driverless microbuses started serving the college town of Wageningen, Netherlands, in the first open-ended test in Europe of automated public transport on city streets.

Dutch partners including navigation provider Mapscape, Robot Care Systems and the Technical University of Delft introduced two six-passenger automated vehicles into service on Thursday that could replace standard buses on unprofitable routes. The trial will provide a push to efforts to set up European Union rules for the technology, Minister of Infrastructure Melanie Schultz van Haegensaid at the opening event in Wageningen.

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