First self-driving bus is now serving customers in New South Wales, Australia. It is serving the Marian Grove Retirement Village in Toormina, a suburb of Coffs Harbour.
Using the BusBot app (iOS and Android), users will be able to hail the autonomous BusBot directly from their smartphone. Via’s advanced algorithms will enable multiple riders to seamlessly share the driverless vehicle. The powerful technology will direct passengers to a nearby virtual bus stop for pick up and drop off, and dynamically task the driverless vehicle to stops in real-time, allowing for quick and efficient shared trips without lengthy detours, or inconvenient fixed routes and schedules.
Via has been tapped by cities and transit authorities in the United States and around the world to help re-engineer public transit from a regulated system of rigid routes and schedules to a fully dynamic, on-demand network. Via now has more than 70 launched and pending deployments in more than 15 countries. Via most recently demonstrated its autonomous vehicle solutions at CES in 2019.
Many Others Are Working On Self-driving Buses
Chinese startups are also claiming to be operating self-driving buses. The Chinese self-driving buses have a safety driver in case some problem occurs.
There are also self-driving buses undergoing testing in Singapore.
SOURCES- Via, Youtube
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