Like something plucked right out of a 1960’s sci-fi flick, the model of a Driverless bus wowed visitors at the Science Museum in London – where it is currently on exhibit – with its claims of reducing air pollution and traffic congestion, wrapped up in a slick, futuristic package.The brainchild of Alan Ponsford, a lead designer for British bus engineering company Capoco Design, the design and concept for the bus was dreamt up in collaboration with the Royal College of Art. Running on a combination of bio-diesel and electricity, the extraterrestrial-like ‘pod’ reportedly utilizes state-of-the-art technology to ‘sniff’ out magnets embedded in the roads in order to navigate through the main routes before maneuvering onto residential areas. Using a mobile phone, one would be able to hail the bus and direct it towards a location of their choice. The bus would not only reduce operating costs by up to 50 percent, it would also enable a more time-efficient means of public transport.
Capoco plans to release a prototype next year and, if all goes as planned, the Driverless bus should be available commercially in about three years.