Au­ton­o­mous bus trial

The Los An­ge­les Tran­sit Author­ity is plan­ning an au­ton­o­mous bus trial.

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The Los An­ge­les Tran­sit Author­ity is plan­ning an au­ton­o­mous bus trial.

Bus man­u­fac­turer New Flyer will do­nate 60 ve­hi­cles to the city of Los An­ge­les to test col­li­sion avoid­ance sys­tems. In­dus­try sources claim that the Los An­ge­les County Metropoli­tan Trans­porta­tion Author­ity is spear­head­ing a project that will com­mence in 2020, and will test sen­sor-based col­li­sion avoid­ance sys­tems de­signed for au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cles. Smart cam­eras and au­dio-vis­ual mod­i­fi­ca­tions will be fit­ted to as­sist driv­ers by warn­ing them of cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans in close prox­im­ity to the ve­hi­cle. A part of the ex­cer­cise will be blind-spot mon­i­tor­ing as well. Of the 60 New Flyer buses in­volved in the pro­gramme, 40 will be fit­ted with sys­tems from two dif­fer­ent sup­pli­ers. The re­main­ing 20 buses will con­tinue to work as con­ven­tional ones. They will be a part of a con­trol group..

A part of the Vi­sion Zero pro­gramme the city of Los An­ge­les has adopted, the Vi­sion Zero (au­ton­o­mous bus trial) pro­gramme aims at re­duc­ing deaths caused by traf­fic col­li­sions to zero by the year 2025. The project is be­ing un­der­taken in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Fed­eral Trans­porta­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion as well as the Min­nesota-based New Flyer com­pany. Ex­pressed Chris Stod­dart, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent, En­gi­neer­ing and Ser­vice, New Flyer, that buses are long ve­hi­cles, and op­er­ate typ­i­cally in an ur­ban en­vi­ron­ment. “They don’t have the same ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity as a pas­sen­ger car. Trav­el­ing in the right-hand lane, buses are by de­fault al­ways trav­el­ing in close prox­im­ity to pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists. It makes tonnes of sense to start ex­plor­ing these types of tech­nolo­gies to hope­fully re­duce in­ci­dents.”

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