President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday attended the test drive of the first locally manufactured driverless electric bus -- Karsan Atak Electric -- on Monday.
Autonomous bus producers will promote Turkey and Turkish brands globally, he noted.
Mustafa Varank, the Turkish industry and technology minister, was also present at the event.
Atak Electric has a range of 300-kilometer (186.4 miles) without interruption thank to its BMW 220-kWh Li-Ion batteries, according to Karsan's website.
'Atak Electric can charge its battery in 5 hours by AC or in 3 hours by DC,' it added.
The 8.3-meter-lenght (27.2 feet) bus has a capacity of more than 50 passengers.
The firm has already started the mass production of the bus.
Another Turkish automotive firm Otokar also tested an autonomous electric bus last month.
By Gokhan Ergocun