While the focus of self-driving cars tends to be on personal vehicles from the likes of Google and Tesla as well as ride sharing programs from Uber and Lyft, public transit isn’t completely forgotten as one Dutch university is implementing driverless buses on its campus in May.
Previewing the multi-configurable cabin of its future semi-autonomous car, Volvo’s Concept 26 could transform commuting time into “me time”.
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Starting this winter, students looking to escape Wageningen University will be able to take wee six-seater self-driving buses to the train station in Ede. The buses will max out at about 15 mph, and they’ll be able to travel along the roads just like normal vehicles, just not in crappy weather or high-volume traffic.
An engine that generates power from fresh air is the ultimate automotive panacea. While the revolutionary Dearman engine doesn’t quite manage that, it’s likely to be as close as it will be possible to get – and one will be in a bus next year
Self-driving cars have begun to hit the streets with the goal of making transportation safer. The dream of a self-driving-car future, it would seem, is becoming a reality and it’s been a long time in the making.
The autonomous vehicle, some predict, will replace many of today’s forms of transportation and radically expand mobility by allowing people, including the young, old, and disabled, to get around without having to walk, without having to know how to drive, and without having to wait for a bus or train.
Margaret Thatcher once famously intoned that “a man riding a bus to work at the age of 26 may count himself a failure”.
DAF part numbers are now accessible through Irizar’s iService – giving online access to each coach’s ‘DNA’ – with more developments on the way.
Source: Irizar’s iService is upgraded
The future of continental coach holidays is being put at risk by the introduction of cruise ships based in Southampton for the summer season, according to leading coach tour operator, Dave Parry.
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