A member of the Welsh Assembly is calling for the city of Swansea to “lead the way” in new technology by using driverless vehicles in a new public transport system.
Labour AM Lee Waters told the BBC’s Sunday Politics Wales that Swansea would be “years behind” other cities if traditional trams or trains were used and that Swansea Bay should “leap frog” other areas by testing new technology, with timetables being replaced by apps to call up public transport in a similar way to Uber.
The BBC reports that Mr Waters said driverless vehicles could be used to pick people up from their homes and take them to their destination, rather than travellers having to rely on timetabled buses and trains.
“The key for getting people to replace car journeys with public transport, is having what is called a turn up and go public transport system, that’s why it works in London – you don’t have to wait very long before something turns up and that’s clearly not the case in Wales,” he told the programme.
He said the Swansea Bay metro could be used as a “test bed” for the rest of Wales to try out driverless technology and wireless recharging.
“We are starting from a blank sheet of paper almost, let’s go straight to the future solution rather than playing catch up,” he added.