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Autonomous buses in Edinburgh? The future of the transport industry

Autonomous buses in Edinburgh? The future of the transport industry

AI buses driverless cars edinburgh scary taxi transport Your days of thanking a human driver when getting off a city bus may be coming to an end. This week The Guardian reported that the UK’s driverless vehicle initiative will result in autonomous buses in Edinburgh as early as next year. The trial of driverless vehicles will be launched in Edinburgh and London, with a fleet of five driverless buses servicing an Edinburgh to Fife route, and driverless taxis cruising around in London.

The Edinburgh to Fife driverless bus program will begin as a pilot next year, with emergency drivers on board, ready to take over in case of emergencies. The program hopes to have the service fully operational and fully autonomous by 2021.

The public perception of driverless vehicles is complicated. Strong cases can be made for and against the dehumanisation of public transit; however, the argument may be a classic case of pitching data-driven facts against emotional rhetoric.

The case against autonomous vehicles.

If you called a taxi today, and a car rolled up with no one in it and popped open a door on its own, you would most likely be a little uneasy getting in the car. Most people feel this way. In fact, Reuters has reported that up to 73 per cent of people feel uncomfortable with the idea of self-driving cars.

The threat of mechanical glitch and lack of control looms large in the minds of most people. It is unsettling to think that if another driver swerves into our lane, we will be unable to recognise the situation and react accordingly. Leaving that responsibility up to an algorithm comes across as particularly problematic. This nightmare scenario was realised in March of 2017 when the first fatal crash occurred with an autonomous vehicle.

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