First Ever Self-Driving Bus Service Launched in UK:
The launch of Scotland’s first driverless bus network is an exciting development in the field of autonomous transportation. The buses will operate without input from drivers, although drivers will still be present behind the wheel as a precautionary measure in case of emergencies.
The operator aims to carry approximately 10,000 passengers per week on five single-deck buses, covering a 22.5-kilometer route. While the autonomous technology used in these buses tested previously, this marks the first time it is being implement in a registered local bus service.
Due to UK regulations that currently prohibit fully autonomous vehicles, the buses will have a safety driver on board. Additionally, a conductor will handle ticketing and passenger inquiries.
To ensure the safety of pedestrians and other road users, the buses will be equipped with an Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS). This system utilizes optical cameras and radar to detect pedestrians and other vehicles, allowing the bus to avoid potential collisions.
This introduction of driverless buses in Scotland demonstrates the progress being made in autonomous vehicle technology and its potential to transform public transportation. It will be interesting to see how this pilot project unfolds and if it paves the way for further advancements in autonomous transportation in the region.
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