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Driverless shuttles debut in Bay Area business park

The first driverless shuttles in the nation to be operating on public roads made a debut at a San Francisco Bay Area business park.

The East Bay Times reports the shuttles get around using lasers on all four corners, GPS navigation and sensors that detect obstacles.

The shuttles, made by the French company EasyMile, are in the second phase of a pilot program that began last summer with testing.

Two of them are now transporting workers within the Bishop Ranch complex of office parks in San Ramon.

Randy Iwasaki, executive director of the Contra Costa Transportation Authority, says they are expected to be on public streets surrounding the office park by the end of the year.

Although other driverless cars have been testing on public roads, they are different because they require a steering wheel and driver during tests.

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