Known as the RAC Intellibus, it is driverless, without a driver’s seat, but there will be a “chaperone” aboard “in the unlikely event that an incident happens and the bus control has to be overridden”, said Anne Still of the RACWA.
“Both the chaperone and passengers will have access to two stop buttons. It will stop immediately,” Ms Still said.
The shuttle was designed as a vehicle for the last kilometre of a journey rather than replacement for a conventional bus route.
Ms Still didn’t believe such shuttle buses would contribute to job losses. “We expect there will be new and different roles (from automation),” she said. The last part being a fairly interesting perspective 🙂
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