Cutting-edge technologies are set to be tested on buses this year as part of the Transport for London Bus Safety Innovation Challenge.
The challenge pairs bus operators with innovative developers to come up with solutions to road danger that could complement TfL's Bus Safety Standard.
The five successful applications for the The Bus Safety Innovation Challenge are:
- A tool that calculates the risk of fatigue in real time.
- Vulnerable road-user-intent prediction software that analysis people walking or cycling near a bus, anticipates their behavior, and alerts the driver.
- A video-based driver safety coaching program that uses clips of actual events so that everyone can learn from them.
- A lighting system that illuminates areas of greater risk around buses to other road users, comes on and off automatically in slow-speed circumstances, and flashes to indicate when a bus is turning.
- A pedestrian and cyclist detection and driver alert system that detects vulnerable road users faster than a human can.
TfL will support testing by funding specialist independent analysis, meaning robust evidence will be produced to test the effectiveness of each product in reducing casualties. The agency will then explore how to introduce any of the successful innovations into its Bus Safety Standard.