Congested cities, troubling unemployment due to the absence of transit, and environmental issues from automobile pollution all point towards the need for much greater development of mass transportation.
Would you hop on a driver-less bus? The concept makes a lot of sense and I have read a number of stories about public transport pods that are driver-less and connect to each other on freeways or bus lanes in busy areas.
I suspect this will be the way of the future, it does make a lot more sense than driver-less cars because it is easier to regulate and control, including the specific routes they take.
I’ve been on driver-less trains at airports and they work fine. However I have one significant concern about driver-less public transport and that is about keeping passengers safe from each other.
I have been in many situations around the world where passengers have been unruly, or potentially dangerous. In those situations, knowing that there is a driver, a conductor or other official person who is keeping an eye on what is happening on their PT vehicle makes all the difference.
If the vehicle has no one on board but he passengers, then I would have a problem with using it, at least at certain times of day. Whist I would expect these vehicles to have cameras, just as the bus and train stations have, I doubt they would deter a drunk, or a criminal from taking advantage of a situation where they felt they could get away with it.
If you then have to have someone on board to keep the peace, they could just as well be driving, couldn’t they? What do you think?