8 October 2019
Visitors to this year’s Coach & Bus UK, held at the NEC Birmingham, have been given an opportunity to enjoy a ride in the UK’s first full-sized autonomous bus. It travelled from a mock-up bus wash to a fuelling station, negotiating obstacles including a cyclist.
The 11.5 metre Alexander Dennis Ltd (ADL) manufactured Enviro200 single-deck vehicle, fitted with Fusion Processing’s CAVstar® control and sensing system, is being trialled by Stagecoach.
This is ahead of a larger, Government-funded trial in 2020 when a fleet of five similar autonomous buses will be tested carrying up to 40 passengers across Scotland’s Forth Bridge on a 14-mile route from Edinburgh to Fife.
The CAVForth project is led by Fusion Processing, together with partners Alexander Dennis, Stagecoach Group, Edinburgh Napier University, Bristol Robotics Lab, Transport Scotland and the University of the West of England.
Speaking ahead of the tests at Coach & Bus, CEO of Fusion Processing Jim Hutchinson said: “We firmly believe technological advances such as this, need to be shared with the widest possible audience to ensure we develop products people want to use and feel safe on onboard.”
A video of the bus in operation can be found at www.youtube.com.