Newspaper readers remain unconvinced about driverless bus

A poll of newspaper readers in Scotland suggests more needs to be done to convince people that driverless buses are a good idea.

Asked by the Courier newspaper whether they would travel on the driverless bus service between Fife and the outskirts of Edinburgh, 964 readers responded, with more than two-thirds, 652 people voting “no“, and 312 people voted “yes“.

The service began last month across the Forth Bridge with a safety driver in the cab and a “captain” onboard to interact with passengers.

A spokesperson for operator Stagecoach told the paper: “We understand some people will be worried at first, but we hope that by experiencing the AB1 service, they will come to trust in the technology and realise it is completely safe and feels just like a normal bus.

“We hope that operating the trial service will encourage a wide cross-section of the public to give it a try, giving us a chance to answer their questions by delivering a safe, reliable, experience.”

(Picture – Highways News)


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