Europe’s first full-sized self-driving bus will be demonstrated at a major event in Glasgow next week showcasing connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV).

The event will host a trial of one of five autonomous buses set to serve up to 10,000 passengers a week between Fife and Edinburgh across the old Forth Road Bridge next year – the first autonomous full-sized (12m/36ft) passenger bus fleet.

It is the result of a joint project between Stagecoach, Transport Scotland, Alexander Dennis Ltd (ADL), Fusion Processing Ltd, mobility services specialist ESP Group, Edinburgh Napier University and University of West of England.

The bus – operated by Stagecoach East Scotland – will be used autonomously to Level 4 standard, which means that a driver will remain on board during any journey, in line with UK regulations.

Michael Matheson, the Scottish Government cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity will be attending CAV Scotland 2019, having attended the inaugural event last year. He said, “I’m really looking forward hearing about the developments in this exciting and fast-moving industry over the past twelve months.”

“I’m particularly interested in seeing the demo of the prototype automated bus system, which is a precursor to the vehicle that will be used in Project CAVForth, as it’s the type of innovation that shows Scotland is very much open for business when it comes to trialling these vehicles.”

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