Stagecoach conducted a trial of a full-size autonomous bus with 22 passengers as part of the testing process, giving Stagecoach their opinions on how to deliver an inclusive and accessible driverless bus service.

As part of the testing for the first full-size autonomous bus in the UK, Stagecoach has reported that it has successfully conveyed its first group of people in East Scotland.

The UK government’s Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles is contributing funding to the CAVForth project, which will deploy full-sized autonomous buses for the first time in a registered service in the nation.

Fleet of Five vehicles will travel a 14-mile route in mixed traffic at up to 50 mph from the Ferrytoll Park & Ride in Fife to the Edinburgh Park Transport Interchange over the Forth Road Bridge. After registration, the service will run a frequent schedule with a weekly capacity of about 10,000 trips.

Stagecoch invited its Co-Design Panel as pessengers to travel on the route to gather feedback before the service’s offcial launch in Spring 2023.

When everything is up and running, each bus will have a professional driver overseeing the operation and a bus captain who will assist passengers with boarding, ticketing, and other needs.

 

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