GLOBAL ONE NEWS (G1) — Riding on a driverless bus kind of sounds like a dare, right?
But Swedish car manufacturer Volvo sees its newest creation to be among Singapore’s public transportation vehicles.
The company — in collaboration with Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) — recently unveiled the autonomous electric bus AB 7900.
NTU President Subra Suresh said, “The world’s first 12-meter autonomous bus will shape the future of public transportation by promoting a transport system that is safe, efficient, reliable and comfortable…”
Controlled by an artificial intelligence system, the driverless bus boasts advanced cybersecurity features and “zero emissions.”
It can also accommodate about 90 commuters.
The bus is reportedly set to undergo testing to determine and improve its roadworthiness before it can operate fully on public roads.
While many praise the company’s innovation, others seemed concerned.
One said, “We still need bus drivers… [to] feel safer.”