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Russian Driverless Buses Make Their World Cup Debut in Kazan

  • Electric vehicles to travel along traffic-free route
  • President Putin is backing Russian driverless technology
Kamaz’s driverless bus.
Kamaz’s driverless bus.Photographer: Aleyev\TASS/Getty Images

World Cup soccer spectators will get to ride driverless buses to see France’s clash with Australia in Russia’s eastern city of Kazan on Saturday, part of a state-backed push into autonomous vehicles.

Local truck maker Kamaz PJSC is laying on the electric vehicles to show off its technological skills while the world’s eyes are on the remote city on the Volga river 800 kilometers (500 miles) from Moscow.