Transit and Intercity buses are already safer, more environmentally friendly, and cost effective than traveling by automobile. However, liability expenses continue to rise by more than 50% over the last decade. Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) can significantly improve safety especially to pedestrians and passengers external to the bus, where the safety risks are the highest. Furthermore, in places like the New York’s Lincoln tunnel, the intercity transportation is already operating at its throughput capacity. By leveraging autonomous technology, headways between buses can be reduced and overall reliability can be improved to increase overall throughput to meet future demand.
Robotic Research has entered into a partnership with New Flyer to advance autonomous bus technology through developing and deploying ADAS in heavy-duty transit bus applications. New Flyer, North America’s industry leader in transit buses, including electric buses, has a proud history of leading innovation, industry firsts, and technology advancement in public transportation. The partnership between New Flyer and Robotic Research will pursue development of an Xcelsior CHARGE™ battery-electric bus equipped with Robotic Research’s AutoDriveTM autonomous driving appliqué and nSightTM data collection and analysis suite.