Published Date : Jan 08, 2019
Soon, commuters in various countries of Europe will hail a passing public bus using their smartphones and climb onboard from virtually any location to reach their destinations. The new public transit system is backed by EU’s Future Automated Bus Urban Level Operation Systems (FABULOS) project. The system will include a fleet of self-driven minibuses and various other automated transport systems. The current experimental project could pave way for a far more comfortable as well as more cost-effective public transport in Europe.
Self-driving public buses have been in operation in Europe for some time. If you ever take a long walk in the Swiss town of Neuhausen Rheinfall, you could be greeted by an advanced fleet of fully automated electric vehicles. These driverless vehicles play their part to perfection in guiding over 1.5 million tourists every year to one of the most picturesque waterfall sight in Switzerland. These electric buses can be recharged in 3 to 4 hours and can operate for an entire day without a hitch. However, the EU’s FABULOS project is more than a touristic wonder for European passengers.
EU’s FABULOS Project Connects Passengers to Self-driven Buses Immediately
The current project connects the self-driving technology with smartphones and apps in such a way that passenger would no longer be bound to the fixed schedule. Commuters can avail these services at convenience, whenever and wherever.
Additionally, the FABULOS project aims to provide a proof-of-concept to self-driving public buses to investors, policy makers, and academicians among others. As with other large commercial projects, various aspects of the project including legal, moral, and economic will need further perusal. Hence, the FABULOS project aims to provide an insight into the bigger picture through an experimental run of buses. The project will end tentatively in December 2020. The project is a brainchild of European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.