Driverless robotbus designed to withstand snow

Muji and Sensible 4 revealed their solution on Wednesday: Gacha, the autonomous shuttle that can function in all kinds of weather conditions.

Gacha will make its public debut this coming March in Helsinki. A couple of months later, the robotbus will be driving passengers through three Finnish cities, about a year before the first production fleet is available in 2020.

The companies project that the vehicles will be used as transportation services by 2021.

While Sensible 4 brings Gacha the smart software to function in heavy rain, fog, or snow, Muji engineered the weatherproof vehicle; the collaboration produced a friendly-looking vehicle without a designated front or back. The exterior features an LED communication band around the perimeter that incorporates the headlights into the design.