Autumn news and events
France has given the green light for self-drive cars to hit the French roads on a trial basis as part of a government initiative to make France’s automobile industry more competitive. The approval to use self-drive vehicles will allow cars to drive autonomously if the driver can override or switch them off at any time. With the majority of road traffic accidents stemming from human error, it’s hoped these vehicles will help reduce France’s fatality statistics.
SAIL IN STYLE
European boat hire company Le Boat is expanding its fleet with a series of new models of its high-end self-drive Horizon boats. Aimed to suit larger groups of people, the new addition of the Horizon boat can sleep up to five, seven or nine people and are available in the company’s key French cruising areas of Canal du Midi and Burgundy. No boat handling experience is necessary as a full briefing is included. Bookings for the new Horizon models open on 1 September.
TAKE THE BUS
France’s economy minister, Emmanuel Macron has said that 22,000 jobs could be created by the country’s recent budget bus travel boom by 2025. Almost four million passengers have travelled by bus in the past year and companies are expecting this figure to double in the next. It’s thought that the boom is the result of introducing a law that abolished limits on long-distance bus travel. Now there are 3,300 daily bus departures in the country, offering another affordable travel option.
A new travel app, aimed at visitors to Corsica has become the go-to guide on things to see and do on the island. Free and easy to use, the Friendly Corsica app can be used while offline and is available in five languages, offering visitors and island locals advice on popular points of interest such as museums and local heritage, and can also be used to book accommodation and reserve activities.