Why Talking Cars Will Be Good for Buses

Emily Badger, reporting for the Atlantic Cities:

Cities around the world are increasingly turning to the relatively affordable transit solution to move more passengers on dedicated bus lanes without the unpredictability of traffic congestion or the cost of constructing railways.

One problem with BRT, though, is that plenty of drivers aren’t eager to see whole lanes of busy roadway blocked off exclusively for bus use. So this is where connected vehicle technology could come in. If buses and cars could communicate with each other, drivers could use BRT lanes when buses aren’t around.

I’m guessing that the line between public and private transit will be increasingly blurred as autonomous vehicles become widespread. If you can request a vehicle on demand, what’s the purpose in owning your own car? 

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