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France, Germany and Luxembourg test borderless, driverless technology in Schengen

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France, Germany and Luxembourg test borderless, driverless technology in Schengen

France, Germany and Luxembourg test borderless, driverless technology in Schengen

Autonomous cars were given an international road test on Wednesday at a new center in the symbolically significant town of Schengen in Luxembourg.

Saskia O'Donoghue reports

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France, Germany and Luxembourg test borderless, driverless technology in Schengen

First they snubbed the driver and now they're snubbing the borders.

Autonomous cars have been given an international road test in the symbolically significant town of Schengen in Luxembourg.

The joint venture, which is sponsored by the French, German and Luxembourg governments means that driverless cars can be tested in real-life scenarios including highways and urban spaces across borders.

Schengen, which gave its name to the European Union's border-free Schengen Zone, is located on the fringes of France and Germany.

Organizers are hoping this border-free test will be the first of many.

(SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN TRANSPORT MINISTER, ANDREAS SCHEUER, SAYING: "We have created a tri-national network for autonomous driving.

Tomorrow's mobility should not end at the border of a European member state.

We need a European vision.

Germany, France and Luxembourg are starting right now and are sending a strong signal for the future of mobility." Typically, surveys have found that people are suspicious of driverless vehicles, believing them to be more dangerous than traditional cars.

But transport leaders from France, Germany and Luxembourg are hoping to put paid to that fear, hoping that these tests will prove it's a safe way to travel - and autonomous cars will hold a key place in future mobility.




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