Driverless Ride-Sharing Service Launches

Ridesharing service Via has launched a public autonomous vehicle service in Australia.

Billing it as the “first public autonomous vehicle service in the world,” Via partnered with local bus operator Busways, Transport for NSW and technology provider Easy Mile. The Via BusBot vehicle is now serving a retirement community.

Consumers can use the BusBot app to hail the autonomous vehicle from their phone. The systems’ algorithms enable multiple riders to share the driverless vehicle, directing passengers to a nearby virtual bus stop for pick up and drop off.

“If autonomous vehicles are to reach their full potential for providing low-cost, efficient rides, they need to be shared by multiple passengers,” states Daniel Ramot, co-founder and CEO of Via. “Via’s systems are able to power, in real time, the movement of millions of connected autonomous shuttles and their passengers, and we’re working with BusBot to launch this groundbreaking service.” 

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  1. R MARK REASBECK from www.USAonly.US , July 16, 2019 at 10:14 p.m.

    Anybody else see all the stupid things in this video?
    The gro-bot holds 10 people ?   has no driver but 2 chaperones ???
     really?    If you had 1 driver , you wouldn't need these 2 for 10 people.
    The lady in the pix, needs help on and off the bus ................chaperone again.
    It's one thing to haul around 6-8 students who aren't old enough to drive, but do you really think that when they got their license, they  would step foot on this 10 MPH sardine lunch box?   heck NO!! 
    May work for elderly, but they already have shuttle buses for that.  SO PLEASE tell me where there is ANY Advantage to this?  All this electronic bits of info, GPS, radar, sensors for what?
    To elimate a $12.50 an hour driver's job???

    I'm amazed at how technology has sucked common sense from our veins.

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