AUTONOMOUS BUSES * USA: And Rapid Routes
* West Michigan - How autonomous vehicles fit into future public transit in
Peter Varga imagines a not-so-distant future in which driverless vehicles expand the possibilities of public transit in West Michigan... The Rapid CEO's vision is of a world with less downtown traffic and parking congestion, and more people having access to bus services... And if recent conversations among community leaders are any indication, those autonomous vehicles could provide public transit solutions sooner than once thought... Ruth Rocky doesn't have a vehicle and that's the way she prefers it. Rather than spend money on a car, gas and insurance, the 65-year-old Grand Rapids resident spends a fraction to take the bus... But asked about a future with autonomous public transit, Rocky said she'll pass. In her experience, having a human driver has proven helpful for more than simply getting from point A to point B... While a handful of riders shared concerns about the safety, accountability and loss of jobs tied to autonomous vehicles joining the public transit conversation, others were optimistic...
(MLive photo, by Neil Blake - Bus routes are shown in colors at Rapid Central Station in Grand Rapids on Monday, May 23, 2016) -- Grand Rapids, MICH, USA - MLive.com, by Justin P. Hicks - October 06, 2016