Connecticut public transit buses to go Robotic

Automated driving technology from Robotic Research will be part of a bus project, that includes platooning, in the US state of Connecticut next year.

Robotic says the deployment will be the first in the US to run automated heavy-duty transit buses as a fare-paying service.

Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDoT) has government funding from the Federal Transit Administration’s Integrated Mobility Innovation initiative to establish automated public transport.

Robotic Research’s proprietary AutoDrive advanced driver-assistance system will be enabling automation of heavy-duty transit buses running along the state’s CTfastrak corridor…

When the programme launches for public use – likely next year – three 40-foot automated electric New Flyer Xcelsior Charge heavy-duty CTtransit buses will run on the nine-mile dedicated CTfastrak corridor.

The busing operations will be a zero-emission deployment between the cities of New Britain and Hartford.