The head of Tesla, Elon Musk, has hinted that his company is working on a self-driving vehicle that could replace city buses.
The Electric Vehicles Magazine Charged quotes him as saying, “We have an idea for something which is not exactly a bus but would solve the density problem for inner-city situations. Autonomous vehicles are key.
“I very much agree with solving the high-density urban transport problem,” he continued. “There’s a new type of car or vehicle that would be great for that and that’ll actually take people to their final destination and not just the bus stop.”
American consultant David Pickeral commented, “I am very encouraged by this development. Even as carshare, autonomous vehicles, etc. develop with headline-grabbing attention I feel as always the versatility of buses (driverless or not) offer potential for a quiet revolution, doing a lot of good for a lot of people relatively quickly as a component of Mobility-as-a-Service. Adding the existing practical opportunities for charging – at the depot, through battery swap at layovers, or possibly during BRT operations using a catenary or conduit – “EBs” seem to me a solid near term investment whether you are Elon Musk or a small municipality.”