Stagecoach’s ground‑breaking autonomous bus project: Pioneering a new era in public transport

“the heart of East Scotland, a quiet revolution in public transportation is underway. Stagecoach, the UK’s largest bus operator, with a legacy of over 40 years, is once again at the forefront of innovation. Described as the ‘original transport disruptors’, Stagecoach has embarked on a journey to explore the emerging potential of self-driving technology and what it might mean for its passengers and its business.

The seeds of this endeavour were sown in 2017, when Stagecoach partnered with renowned bus builders Alexander Dennis Ltd and autonomous system provider Fusion Processing Ltd. What began as a private experiment involving automating a vehicle to navigate a depot, re-fuel, undergo a bus wash and park itself for the night, soon evolved into a visionary project dubbed ‘CAVForth.’ This ambitious proposal was submitted to a national UK innovation competition and received grant funding from the Centre for Connected & Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV).

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