I imagine that, in a few decades, driving yourself will be viewed in much the same way as taking a horse on the roads is today.
Alex Proud, The Telegraph, May 16th 2016
Just imagine: you can take a trip downtown at lunchtime without a 20-minute buffer to find parking. Seniors can keep their freedom even if they can't keep their car keys. And drunk and distracted driving? History.
Chris Urmson, Director of the Self-Driving Car Project at Google, Time, May 27th 2014
After a lifetime of driving, repairing and studying automobiles, I have come to an unavoidable conclusion – we are the weakest link in a car. As car components go, human beings are deeply substandard – we have imperfect perception, we are ruled by emotion, and we vary wildly in quality.
Peter Cheney, Drive section of The Globe and Mail, July 31st 2013
Automated vehicles will revolutionise the way in which we move people, goods and services around urban areas, with predicted benefits to safety, efficiency, the environment and mobility.
Professor Nick Reed, Director at TRL and GATEway Technical Lead
It was inspiring to start with a blank sheet of paper and ask, “What should be different about this kind of vehicle? We started with the most important thing: safety.
The Millennial generation seems to be defying its sheltered, suburban upbringing by delaying the acquisition of a driver’s licence and choosing transit… It is incumbent upon policy makers, transit agencies and citizen groups to seize the moment by accommodating and capitalizing on these attitudes and bringing those maturing millennials (and many slightly older adults) into a car-free middle age.
The 2014 Mobility Attitudes Study by the Transit Center (housed at the University of Wisconsin), sampled 11,000 respondents in 46 US cities.
As most businesses depend on a structured and efficient transport system to deliver services to their customers, governments also need ever-improving traffic solutions; the economic consequences of traffic jams amounts to 100 billion Euros in the EU alone.
Lukas Neckermann, Author, The Mobility Revolution, Zero Emissions, Zero Accidents, Zero Ownership p83
At first when there is an accident people will ask, ‘did he have the driverless option on?’ But soon they will start to say ‘if only he had the driverless option on.’
Alex Tabarrok, The Economist, Aug 20th 2012
Over 90% of road accidents are caused by human error. Use of fully autonomous (driverless) vehicles should help bring that number down.
We would use fully electric vehicles so there would be less pollution and no noise. Ride-sharing would lead to less congestion too.
Travelling time could be spent doing something other than driving and searching for a parking space e.g. on the internet, phone calls, reading.
Transport designed to better aid people with disabilities and to help the aging population to keep doing what they enjoy.
ShuttleBuzz is aiming to create a fully autonomous (driverless) public transport service in Guernsey. People will use an App to book their journey, so like Uber, but without the driver, and they will be able to pay using their smart phone. The shuttle pods / mini buses will be linked with other transport types to enable joined-up "Mobility as a Service" provision.
Our goal is to be the first company to go commercial with a driverless ride-sharing service running on public roads (not segregated from traffic).
This will be a huge benefit to people and businesses on the island, and will help promote Guernsey as a place that welcomes technological innovations.
If you would like to know more about our vision for an autonomous transport system in Guernsey or would be interested in the great investment opportunity this will bring and would like to be part of this exciting project please get in touch below.Let me know more!