The Automated Bus Consortium, a collective of U.S. transit and transportation agencies formed to investigate the feasibility of implementing pilot automated bus projects, today announced the completion of the country’s first-ever automated bus performance specification. The specification combines the American Public Transportation Association’s white book for standard bus specification with the new full-size bus automated driving system requirements developed by AECOM, the world’s premier infrastructure consulting firm, which formed the Consortium.
Its development marks a significant achievement of the Automated Bus Consortium, which prepared the document with input from its own Bus Specification Technical Committee as well as through one-on-one meetings with interested bus suppliers. The Technical Committee also incorporated the industry’s perspectives on automated bus programs. The specification phases in required automated bus capabilities over three stages with each stage providing a higher level of bus automation through software updates over a two-year period.