An Autonomous Driverless Public Transport

A wide study on the advent of an intelligently connected driverless public transport system.

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Autonomous public transport
Modular concept that enables transport operating companies to configure their vehicles to suit demand and types of service.
Image: Kingsley Morgenson

This project is one of a number exploring this theme in a variety of manifestations.

In this, the second century of ubiquitous travel, technology is at a tipping point where the privately owned car may well become a shared use highly connected and automated vehicle. The implications of this emerging mobility will be complex and as yet unforeseen challenges will emerge.

Recent work undertaken at Monash’s Centre in Prato examined the ‘relationship’ between pedestrian and vehicle. The instantaneous perceived ‘agreement’ between the two in the spaces they share. This work will help inform how pedestrians will in the future negotiate crossing the road with vehicles that have no driver.

Autonomous vehicles and their integration into existing public transport networks is a pressing one in many countries, including Australia. This series of projects advances the MADA Mobility Lab work in this area.

Investigators
Peter Wang
Kingsley Morgenson
Dr Selby Coxon
Prof Brian Fildes
Prof Geoff Rose
Nicholas Love

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Autonomous public transport
Modular concept that enables transport operating companies to configure their vehicles to suit demand and types of service. Image: Kingsley Morgenson

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Vehicles carry colour schemes that indicate routes through the city, particularly helpful to assist patrons to navigation through the city. Image: Peter Wang

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Pedestrians and cars
Image by Nick Love
Pedestrians and cars
Image by Nick Love
Pedestrians and cars
Image by Nick Love