Taken from EasyMile’s demo video

Self-driving cars are still outside the reach of ordinary people, but self-driving buses are out prowling the streets of some of the world’s major cities, such as, uh, Helsinki. But holy ghost of Henry Ford are these things slow.

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These little buses are made by a French company called EasyMile, using GPS and a kind of computer vision to putt-putt along without a driver.

But these things top out at a bristling 10 kilometers per hour. That’s 6.2 mph. In EasyMile’s demonstration video, you can see these buses regularly outpaced by people on foot:

I’m happy this tech is getting out into the real world, getting extremely valuable data, but I can’t help but laugh at how almost worthlessly slow these pods are. Their speedy development can’t come soon enough.