Innovation & Technology
Via’s technology moves to autonomous vehicles

Via’s technology moves to autonomous vehicles

Firm partners with EasyMile to launch trial in Australia   The BusBot pilot will last for 22 weeks   Demand responsive technology firm Via has expanded its operations with the launch of its first autonomous vehicle. The company’s first autonomous vehicle trial, dubbed BusBot, is now fully operational, serving a community in New South Wales,...
Innovations (Issue 43, Summer 2019)

Innovations (Issue 43, Summer 2019)

Innovations: Practical application of technology in passenger transport. Supporting Coach & Bus UK 2019 technology exhibitors   Click on the image below to view Innovations (Issue 43, Summer 2019).   If you are viewing the site on a mobile or tablet device, tap here to read the supplement.
TfL to use Wi-Fi data to improve Tube journeys

TfL to use Wi-Fi data to improve Tube journeys

Secure, privacy-protected data collection will begin in July, and is expected to improve information about delays and congestion within stations   Tube users at Hammersmith   Depersonalised Wi-Fi connection data will soon be used to help Transport for London improve the information it provides to its customers on London Underground. The depersonalised data collection, which...
Uber to sell bus and rail tickets in Denver

Uber to sell bus and rail tickets in Denver

Ride-hailing app wants to become ‘one-stop shop’ for transport Uber has added public transport routes, times and costs into its app   “Taking an Uber” could soon mean travelling by bus or train. The ride-hailing company has added public transport routes to its app, starting with Denver’s Regional Transportation District. Following a staggered roll out...
‘Why can’t buses be as easy as ordering pizza?’

‘Why can’t buses be as easy as ordering pizza?’

Transport Focus research about young people and their experience of using buses reveals their frustration at ‘outdated and antiquated’ experience ‘Why can Domino’s or whoever it is do all of that?’   Young people want the bus user experience to be as easy as ordering pizza or booking cinema tickets on their phones. Focus group...
This won’t be ‘some hipster bus service’

This won’t be ‘some hipster bus service’

Transport for London says that non-financial objectives will guide its trial of demand-responsive minibus technology in the south London suburbs Last month TfL announced plans for a year-long trial of a demand responsive minibus network in Sutton   Transport for London says that the success of its demand responsive minibus trial in south London will...
TfL announces plans for Sutton DRT trial

TfL announces plans for Sutton DRT trial

Go-Ahead London and ViaVan have been awarded a contract to deliver a year-long trial of a demand-responsive minibus service in south London   Go-Ahead has partnered with ViaVan on the new service   Transport for London has announced plans to launch a year-long trial of a demand-responsive minibus network in Sutton, south London  from May....
Slide experiment ends - but the idea lives on

Slide experiment ends – but the idea lives on

It was the first service of its kind in the UK, but RATP Dev’s Slide shared ride-to-work service has now ceased operating in Bristol after two years   Slide Bristol was the first microtransit service to be launched in the United Kingdom   RATP Dev’s experimental shared ride-to-work service Slide Bristol closed on November 26...
ITS community to gather in Copenhagen

ITS community to gather in Copenhagen

Next month the global Intelligent Transport Systems community will gather in the Danish capital for the four-day 2018 ITS World Congress     Copenhagen, with its long history as a vibrant Baltic maritime hub, is set to play host to the 25th Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) World Congress. With ‘ITS – Quality of Life’ as...
Reading ‘tech lab’ aims to spur on innovation

Reading ‘tech lab’ aims to spur on innovation

Company launches a creative space for technology developers   Nusrat Ghani launches the new facility with Tony Pettitt, Reading’s chief finance and information officer   Council-owned bus operator Reading Buses has launched a new creative space that aims to spur on the development of new apps, technology and ideas for improving transport in the Berkshire...
Paris - a city of big challenges and big ideas

Paris – a city of big challenges and big ideas

Ahead of the Transports Publics 2018 show in June, we toured exciting innovations in host city Paris   A bus parks itself at Lagny bus depot Île-de-France – the “Parisian Region” – covers only 2.2% of mainland France, but its 12 million inhabitants represent almost a fifth of the population. It is therefore a region...
TfL could trial demand responsive bus service

TfL could trial demand responsive bus service

Businesses are being asked to express interest in trialling a new TfL service that would operate flexibly in an area in need of improved public transport     Transport for London announced last week that it is exploring the potential of using a new ‘demand responsive’ TfL bus service to enhance London’s public transport network,...