Cutting-edge technologies are set to be tested on buses this year as part of the TfL 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.
Over the past decade the number of people killed or seriously injured as a result of a collision involving a bus or coach has decreased by 54%, but Mayor Sadiq Khan and TfL recognize that much more needs to be done to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries altogether and achieve Vision Zero.
The Bus Safety Innovation Challenge has an important role to play in this. The five successful applications for the fund 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.