NFI, Robotic Research sign agreement to bring automated driving systems to North American transit agencie

NFI Group Inc., and Robotic Research, LLC (Robotic Research) have signed an agreement to increase the deployment of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) in transit agency fleets across North America.

The agreement expands the partnership between New Flyer of America Inc. (New Flyer) and Robotic Research originally announced in 2019, and builds on the unveiling of North America’s first automated transit bus, the Xcelsior AV™, to pursue integration of Robotic Research’s AutoDrive® technology into new and existing public transit vehicles.

The technology, which will incorporate Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Standard J3016 capabilities up to Level 4, will add ADAS features to help prevent pedestrian and cyclist collisions…

The technology can also enable leader-follower behavior, where multiple buses can be electronically linked together to help ease congestion at peak transit times.