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Cambridge testing self-driving buses

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posted on Jan, 3 2006 @ 04:13 PM

SPOTTING a bus driver accelerating down the street with both hands off the wheel should no longer be cause for alarm under plans to introduce Britain’s first self-steering bus.

The streets of Cambridge are to be the test ground for a system that will allow thousands of miles of new bus lanes to be installed on roads that are too narrow for ordinary buses.

The self-steering bus, which uses a camera mounted at the top of the windscreen to follow lines painted on the road, does not deviate more than a few millimetres from its course.

Source: TimesOnline

This is pretty cool, self-driving buses, I did'nt see that one coming so soon.
I wonder how people will take to them when they first start wide use of them.

Opinions, comments?

[edit on 1/3/2006 by iori_komei]

posted on Jan, 3 2006 @ 04:16 PM
Are the bus computers programmed to deviate from the painted lines if something unexpected happens?

Child in the road, an auto where it shouldn't be etc.?

posted on Jan, 3 2006 @ 04:20 PM
The bus, though being able to drive itself, still has an operator, and the operator can accelerate or brake the bus at anytime, or even override the buses own driving array.
The bus notifys the driver if it can't find the lines, and if something was in the way, it would'nt be able to see the lines, and thats if the operator was'nt paying attentoin to the buses path.

[edit on 1/3/2006 by iori_komei]

posted on Jan, 3 2006 @ 04:35 PM
the local bus company in Rotterdam (nl) called connection
had some of self driving busses in services within a week ther
was an accident and they stopt the service until they know what
is wrong.

posted on Jan, 3 2006 @ 04:37 PM
sorry i forgot the link to which i am speaking of

still nice technology to use if perfected.

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