Autonomous Buses: Go Big or Go Home

This article was posted on 1 August 2018

Autonomous Buses: Go Big or Go Home

Fusion Processing driverless pods recently had a pilot run in Greenwich, London.

The GATEway project was set up to understand public attitudes towards driverless vehicles.

The study found that people were concerned about sharing the 4-6 seat pods with strangers.

The Guardian: "85% of users said they were happy with AV tech but only 46% were happy to ride share."

UberPOOL still has trouble catching on and completely fails without heavy price subsidies.

The comfort is ruined by the confined spaces that you have to share with people you don't know.

Basically, if you want people sharing autonomous transport - make it big. Or modular.

UK's Stagecoach is testing a driverless bus in its depot while waiting for AVs to become street-legal.

The bus can drive itself to refuel, wash and park, saving time, money and space.

The public is accustomed to buses and will accept AV buses if they are comfortable and reliable.

Another solution for the space-conscious could be the modular pods by NEXT Future Transport.

The 6 seat modules can connect mid-ride, becoming a bus of a sort.

The system can even bring in a cafe module, curing your social anxiety altogether.

Advanced Career Institute: “Each bus has the potential to take as many as 55 cars off of the road, reducing congestion and significantly cutting emissions.”

Sharing has always been a tough sell for some, but the benefits of shared transport are undeniable.

Until driverless cars can prove they can curb congestion - climb aboard the driverless bus.