Switzerland Starts Testing Autonomous Bus On Public Roads
Next time you are in Switzerland you might want to give one a ride. But, wow, 12.4 mph is slow!
Bus is slow transportation to begin with. The average speed, 12.6 mph, is pretty close to the 12.4 mph listed here. Yes, I understand that with stops these buses will be even slower, but don’t be confused, bus transit, whether operated by human, or robot, is slow.
These are simply tests, and the operating speeds are likely to increase. It would be better if these buses would deviate from the concept of fixed stops and move to a much more rider friendly system where the rider would simply enter pick up and drop off locations into a smart phone and then allow a ride sharing application to schedule the most efficient route for the bus. Automatically permit low income riders to obtain a significant fare discount, while billing middle and upper class riders full freight. This would very likely increase the speed, and there is a very good chance that the rider time, door-to-door would be significantly decreased, while costs would remain low, and ridership would likely increase. After all would you be more inclined to ride transit if it were door-to-door, or if you had to walk 1/4 mile on the front and back ends, and then wait for a scheduled pickup?
This is likely to “out of the box” for most bureaucrats, so let the private sector take over this function.
The Gold Standard in transit will always be fast, efficient, comfortable door-to-door transportation. A few minor alterations, and this will be much closer than the antiquated transit we have today.
Thanks: Autonomous Bus Testing On Swiss Public Roads | MishTalk
Chart link: Chart of the Day: MSP Bus Speeds Since 2000