UA looks to introduce autonomous transit buses to campus

The University of Alabama has received a $3 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration and the United States Department of Transportation to develop autonomous transit buses for campus.

The buses will be equipped with advanced driver assistance systems. Right now these systems are only used in passenger vehicles.

The systems implemented in the new buses would remove the cognitive load from a driver. Each driver would be responsible for oversight of the technology. This would require campus wide training for all drivers.

The buses would be equipped with level one and level two automation features. This will include pedestrian awareness, lane keeping, traffic light communication, and automatic brake and throttle activation

Transit docking would be fully automated and is considered a level 4 automation feature.

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