Do you remember the company that built an electric bus which was able to drive 350 miles before needing a recharge? Now the same company wants to revolutionize public transport system for the future. They want to incorporate autonomous technology with public transport. Proterra has launched an autonomous driving program to help develop self-driving electric buses in Reno, for this they partnered up with the University of Nevada. The idea itself to the core is fairly easy but implementing the idea will be very complicated because the Proterra buses will serve the public and with that comes new strict laws which very different from private autonomous vehicles. So most probably autonomous bus lines will probably never run without a human co-pilot, said Proterra’s CEO.
Americans with Disabilities act
The biggest problem is not the distrust for autonomous buses driving people around, the biggest problem is the machine to properly abide by the Americans with Disabilities act. Proterra CEO Ryan Popple told SFGate that “You’re going to need a human being there to take care of people,” he also added this “I’m not comfortable yet with the idea that an ADA passenger could get on an autonomous vehicle, and that we could code for every possible disability.” Autonomous technology is ok but there will always be a need to oversee the rider’s board okay, settling disputes among commuters and take care of the children if it’s a School bus.
So do you think their ambitious plan will work?