Dezeen's Dan Howarth reports that the City of Beverly Hills has approved plans for a driver-less car fleet that could eventually replace the area's public transportation system.

Although a time frame has yet to be announced, the city will test and deploy a fleet of self-driving, municipal shuttles that users would request using their smartphones. The plan also calls for partnerships with manufacturers that are currently developing autonomous vehicles (AVs), including Google and Tesla.

"This is a game-changer for Beverly Hills and, we hope, for the region," said mayor John Mirisch. "Beverly Hills is the perfect community to take the lead to make this technology a reality. It is now both feasible and safe for autonomous cars to be on the road."

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