New research offers recommendations for integrating autonomous driving tech into public transportation

The finalized prototype of Google self-driving car. Credit: Google

Autonomous vehicle technology likely won’t replace the workers behind the wheels of buses, vans and other vehicles shuttling people around cities and towns anytime soon, but mass transit authorities must examine how these technologies will affect both the operation of and the workforce driving public transportation.

Researchers at Traffic21, a transportation research institute at Carnegie Mellon University, have urged officials and policymakers to preemptively consider the safety of incorporating automation technologies into their fleets and training operators to work effectively with these systems.
“Autonomous driving tools such as pedestrian warnings and …
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