Last Friday two driverless vehicles painted with the TPG’s logo, the acronym for Geneva’s public transport, were spotted at Palexpo, the location of the Geneva International Motor Show.
Le Salon de l’auto en mode autonome !
Profitez de votre visite au Salon pour peut-être avoir l’occasion de monter à bord du véhicule autonome des tpg qui effectuera un service de navette entre le P49 et Palexpo dès aujourd’hui. pic.twitter.com/ITO0az957K
— TPG Genève (@TPGeneva) March 9, 2018
Made by the French company Navya, the vehicles were bought by TPG for a route in Meyrin. However, because they have yet to be registered for road use, they cannot be used on public streets, according to Tribune de Genève. Because Palexpo is private property they can be used there.
In 2016, vehicles made by the same company were let loose on the streets of Sion, a city in the mountainous Swiss canton of Valais.
Last week saw more friction between TPG and its disgruntled workers who had planned a strike for 21 March 2018. One demand made by workers is for more drivers to reduce the work load on existing ones. Perhaps in the future driverless vehicles could solve this problem.