FTA Releases Report on Technology Transfer for Transit Bus Automation

Can transit buses benefit from the research and development investments being made in the passenger and commercial vehicle sectors? FTA considered the technical and safety challenges of transferring vehicle automation systems from light-duty vehicles and commercial trucks into transit buses and found that potential incompatibilities exist in terms of the technology employed used in the foundational systems, such as braking, steering and power train.

FTA’s recently published Transit Bus Automation Project: Transferability of Automation Technologies Report examines the feasibility of transferring 13 automated systems technologies from light-duty vehicles and commercial trucks to 40-foot diesel transit buses. It explores the associated technical and safety challenges of implementing those systems in transit buses and ways to overcome some of the identified barriers to implementation. The transfer potential of each system was graded to indicate which technology is most ready to be transferred.

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