Driverless buses coming to Fife next year
Scotland’s first self-driving bus trial will start between Fife and Edinburgh next year.
The pilot will include five single decker buses travelling across the Forth Road Bridge to and from Ferrytoll park and ride.
The buses will control themselves but a driver will still be required to be present on the bus during the trial as a back-up for passenger safety.
The trial is expected to start in the first half of next year with the project fully operational in 2021.
A driver will still be required to be present on the bus during the trial as a back-up for passenger safety.
The buses will provide a service capable of carrying up to 42 passengers 14 miles across the Forth Bridge to Edinburgh Park train and tram interchange.
Scotland’s Transport Secretary Michael Matheson said, “This collaborative trial, using one of the country’s most iconic transport corridors, shows Scotland is very much open for business in this innovative sector.”
UK Business Secretary Greg Clark said autonomous vehicles would “revolutionise the way we travel.”
Funding of £4.35m has been awarded by the UK government for the project.