The following is an extract from an article I found about the first driverless bus service
taking paying passengers across the Forth Road Bridge.

The vehicles have two members of staff – a safety driver who can take control of the vehicle
and a “captain” to sell tickets and provide customer service.

A fleet of five Alexander Dennis Enviro200AV buses will cover a 14-mile route, in mixed
traffic, at up to 50mph across the bridge.

While buses generally have just one driver, the captain is on board to demonstrate what a
full-size autonomous bus may feel like in the future when the buses can operate
with one member of staff who can leave the cab as the computer drives.

The bus company has said, “I would say to anyone who is a bit cautious about using the vehicle not to be, there is a full safety case that has been worked through, and the vehicle has been certified as safe for public use.” The buses have completed one million testing miles so far.

Now forgive me for pointing out what appears to be the bleeding obvious but, in trials the bus needs a safety driver and a captain although in the future the safety driver will be able to leave the driving seat and come round and collect fares. I have to admit I am trying hard to see the merit of the driver not being at the controls of the bus as it still requires him to come round and collect the fares, so I’m wondering why he couldn’t sit at the controls and take the fares as they do in a conventional bus, this would also have the added safety feature of having someone at the controls should the bus attempt to plunge from the bridge into the icy waters below.

I must say this has reminded me of the old joke…….

I want to die in my sleep, like my dear old dad.

Not like the passengers on his bus, all crying and screaming in fear of their lives!

Autonomous bus service


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  1. I’ll give that one a miss!

  2. adguru101 says:

    Right? What is the point of paying a potential driver who isn’t actually going to be driving? No thanks!

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