Five new innovations are set to be trialled in London as part of the Transport for London (TfL) Bus Safety Innovation Challenge.
Part of the Vision Zero commitment, bus operators will be paired with innovative developers, using cutting edge technologies to develop solutions to reduce road danger and complement TfL’s Bus safety Standard.
There have been welcome reductions in the number of people killed or seriously injured over the past decade involving buses or coaches.
This reduction stands at 54%; however, the Mayor of London is under no illusions that more needs to be done if the Vision Zero commitment is to be achieved, which seeks to eliminate all deaths and serious injuries on London’s roads over the next two decades.
To achieve these goals, the Bus Safety Innovation Challenge is set to play a key role, and five innovations are now going to be trialled.
These include a tool to calculate the risk of fatigue in real time; vulnerable road user intent prediction software to analyse people walking or cycling near a bus – anticipating their behaviour and alerting the driver.
There will be a video-based driver safety coaching programme; a lighting system to illuminate areas of greater risk around buses to other road users; and a pedestrian and cyclist detection, and driver alert system to detect vulnerable road users faster than any human can.
Robust evidence will be produced to test effectiveness of each innovation in reducing casualties.
Claire Mann is Director of Bus Operations at TfL. She said: “We’re determined to eliminate death and serious injury from our roads, but we know that we can’t do it alone.
“Our Bus Safety Standard is resulting in safer buses arriving in London this year, and this fund will harness the power of innovators – ensuring it complements our standard – helping to make deaths and serious injuries on our roads a thing of the past.”