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Driverless bus company to press ahead with its project

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AUTONOMOUS buses that could one day be running on local roads have been tried out by the company behind plans to bring the technology to the island.

A Navya autonomous bus running at Olympic Park in London. The vehicle is narrower than the buses brought in this summer, but could not run on island roads because they would not be suitable for heavy traffic.

Shuttlebuzz Ltd announced its plans at the start of this year and called for interested parties to get in touch to allow it to begin looking into the feasibility of the idea.

Although the project is still in the early stages, company director Jenny Ozanne said the company was confident enough to press ahead.

She said there had been a number of expressions of interest following the company’s plans appearing in the Guernsey Press.

‘I didn’t expect there to be no interest at all, but if we’d been unlucky enough that there was none, we would probably have dropped it,’ she said.

‘I’m confident we can progress.We’re still looking for the first phase of funding, but I am confident that’s not going to be a problem.

‘Right from the beginning, as soon as we had registered the company, people were saying “Let us know when you are looking for funding”.’

See Saturday's Guernsey Press for the full story

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