05 July 2018 #Information Technology
We took another step forward yesterday in the move towards driverless transport. Driverless buses have been trialled in various locations throughout the world over recent years. Closest to home was a trial in Greenwich last year of a four-seater driverless bus developed by Oxbotica. In some places such as Singapore and Germany the driverless bus has moved beyond the trial stage, but still operates on a relatively limited scale.
So is that about to change? Yesterday Baidu, the Chinese technology and internet giant announced that it was putting its driverless bus, the Apolong, into mass production. The Apolong is a fourteen-seater bus that Baidu has developed with Chinese manufacturer King Long. The intention is to use this electrically powered vehicle for the last stages of a journey in closed environments (such as airports). Baidu is hoping to start to sell overseas, as well as use the buses in China.
So will we see the driverless bus on road networks near you in the near future – lets watch this space!