[Taiwan Immigrants’ Global News Network] On February 22, a test run of Taiwan's first autonomous bus carrying passengers commenced in the Kenting National Forest Recreation Area. Through the use of futuristic high-tech transportation equipment, the Pingtung County Government seeks to boost the public's willingness to use public transportation.
Trial Operation of Self-driving Bus in the Kenting National Forest Recreation Area Now Has Started.Photo provided by Pingtung County Government
The Pingtung County Government's Transportation and Tourism Department reported that the county administration is aggressively looking for funding from the Ministry of Transportation and Communications to build smart transportation. The self-driving bus finished evaluating the route's viability in February of this year and decided to conduct a test run in the Kenting National Forest Recreation Area.
A cruise-style bus is used in the self-driving bus experimental operation to transport people. The ride outward stops at the visitor center for 15 minutes before continuing to the Guanhai Tower from the Kenting Forest Recreation Area's ticket gate. Only drop-off services are offered by the visitor center along the route. The course is around 1.9 kilometers long in total. There will only be 6 passengers permitted to board each shift for test run. The Pingtung County Administration will keep track of the operation's progress and assess how many passengers will be permitted to embark.
The Pingtung County Government's Transportation and Tourism Department reminds that this trial operation is only for two weeks (February 22 to March 7), and free rides are provided for the public are reservations needed. People still need to purchase tickets to the Kenting National Forest Recreation Area, except for weather conditions, it will run daily during the test run.
Click the reservation link through the Pingtung GO Fun APP (屏東GO好玩) for reservation. Please contact 08-7320415 extension 5110-5119 or contact the reservation website service phone: 04-27082896 extension 13 or dial 0972089392 to inquire.