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Bonkers Blog October 2018

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17 October (Part 2) - Safer buses

Bonkers has made a vague reference on a couple of occasions to the fact that London bus travel can be a risky business - five passengers were fatally injured last year - and what is being done to tackle the problem. He swore me to secrecy but my son has been analysing a whole load of computer data collected from a bus laden with sensors and cameras which has been operating from a TfL bus garage not far away.

The vehicle manufacturer is British and tests have been conducted on busy London roads, however today some of the developments have been placed in the public domain. I think one of the biggest dilemmas is what should the computers tell the bus to do when a pedestrian with their nose glued to their mobile, steps into the road. Hit the pedestrian or jump on the brakes and put 80 passengers at risk.

There are of course a lot more questions that need to be answered but some details may be seen on the BBC’s website. There are rather more on Londonist.


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