Fusion Processing has tested the autonomous bus on the road and has a route of 22.5 km. As reported by Intelligentliving, in the pilot project, there will be five single-deck (Level 4 autonomous) Dennis Enviro200 buses. passengers will be transported between the Edinburgh rail and tram interchange and the 2.5 km Ferrytool Park & Ride in Fife.
With a route of 22.5 km, each bus can carry 36 passengers with a weekly capacity of 10 thousand passengers consisting of travelers, students or other members of the community.
The bus is equipped with the CAVstar Fushiong Processing automatic drive system which links LiDAR, radar and optical cameras with AI technology for level 4 autonomy in complex traffic scenarios such as highways, major and minor crossroads, roundabouts, bus lanes and traffic lights.
In addition, each bus will have a safety driver to take over through the second set of steering and braking systems if difficulties arise and to answer passenger questions.
During the two-week road testing phase, there will be virtual simulations and track testing and during that phase no passengers will be allowed to board the bus. However, project partners expect trials of the new autonomous bus service to start carrying passengers by the end of this summer.