Lithuania is putting a lot of effort and is ready to test driverless cars, the country's Transport Minister says.
Autonomiškas "Google" automobilis
© Reuters/Scanpix

"Yes, we don’t have the 5G network yet but we have the 4G network which is not overloaded and could service a certain number of driverless cars, and Lithuania is ready for testing. We just need an application for testing cars, and we think the authorities could do all the paper work in less than a month for such testing to be possible," the minister said on Thursday, addressing participants of the Mobility Tech 2019 event.

In his words, discussions are underway with Poland, Latvia and Estonia to create a corridor through all of those countries to test this technology.

Vilnius is hosting a meeting of high-level experts on Thursday and they are discussing the prospect of driverless cars in the EU and will contribute to the drafting of EU policy guidelines in this area.

"As a small country, we have a possibility to amend laws in response to technological development and we want to hear what we need to change in our legislation for this technology to appear on Lithuania's road as fast as possible," Masiulis said.

In his words, there have been driverless cars on Lithuanian roads but there have been no major testing done yet.

Masiulis also underlined that Lithuania has a well-developed sharing economy and such companies like CityBee and Spark create great possibilities to test driverless cars as part of sharing services as well.

It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.

One more victory for Vilnius: Finnish company chose Lithuanian capital for its business services office

Metso has decided to establish a new Metso Business Services (MBS) center in Vilnius , the...

Klaipeda expects record number of cruise ships next year

Lithuania's port of Klaipeda says next year's cruise season should be the best on record, the...

Calls for Lithuania to focus more on climate change

Lithuania is among leaders in Europe in seeking energy independence but the country still lags behind...

Hot weather has brought harvest time earlier

Hot weather during this summer has brought harvest time earlier in Lithuania as the winter barley...

Renovated Palanga Airport will open next year

Next year, Palanga Airport will make travellers welcome in its renovated premises, announced...