Imagine: Your child’s school bus pulls up. You adjust his backpack, give him a hug, and he boards the stairs…but there’s no friendly bus driver to wave at. There’s just an empty driver’s seat, fixed before a complicated array of touchscreens and electronic switches.
Your child has just boarded the world’s first driverless bus.
Don’t panic. It’s not a reality…yet. Seattle-based startup, Teague, has a different version of the traditional school bus in mind. Their completely driverless buses (still in testing) are smaller and nimbler than old-school buses, seating only 6 kids at once. Teague says the technology could save kids time on their commutes and also make them safer.
How safe would you feel if your child rode an autonomous bus?
Being “driverless” isn’t the only change the new technology could bring to the industry. These buses could be made ambidextrous, for example, to allow kids to enter and exit the bus in whichever way is safest given their surroundings. Future buses could also potentially relay messages to parents, and even announce to kids when they’ve left something behind.
There’s a long way to go before we’re anywhere close to implementing fleets of autonomous buses in the U.S. Autonomous vehicles are still an unknown, but they’re already hitting the streets in major metropolitan areas across the country.
School buses have always been slow to change. Perhaps because buses are responsible for delivering over half of the nation’s kids to schools every day, their fundamental technology has remained relatively stagnant over the past few decades. Forward-thinking school districts, however, are slowly warming up to the ways in which better bus technology can streamline logistics and encourage safer, smarter commutes.
Technology is improving the world, one bus at a time.
Bus tracking technology is gradually being implemented into most of the country’s major school districts, and it’s improving every year. Viafy’s technology, for example, integrates GPS tracking technology, route management, on-bus video cameras, and a parent app in one single suite of hardware and software. As the demand from parents for more transparency grows, tech companies like Viafy will continue to innovate the way buses – and children – can be more effectively protected.
You don’t have to worry about whether you’re comfortable with a driverless bus just yet. In the meantime, spend some time researching the benefits of school bus technology and ask your district what it’s doing to move its bus fleet forward.
Viafy is changing the future of school bus transportation.
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