The Driverless Bus: An Analysis of Public Perceptions and Acceptability

López Lambas, María Eugenia and Alonso Ramos, Andrea (2019). The Driverless Bus: An Analysis of Public Perceptions and Acceptability. "Sustainability", v. 11 (n. 18); p. 4986. ISSN 2071-1050. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11184986.

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Title: The Driverless Bus: An Analysis of Public Perceptions and Acceptability
Author/s:
  • López Lambas, María Eugenia
  • Alonso Ramos, Andrea
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Sustainability
Date: 12 September 2019
ISSN: 2071-1050
Volume: 11
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: Autonomous Vehicles, Driverless Buses, Acceptability, Focus Group, Barriers
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Caminos, Canales y Puertos (UPM)
Department: Ingeniería Civil: Transporte y Territorio
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

The development of autonomous vehicles (AVs) holds a high potential for improving security, reducing congestion, increasing fuel efficiency, and saving time. Various studies conducted on the implementation of AVs predict that fully autonomous vehicles will be available for the public in the 2020s. However, it will take another three decades, at least, for these vehicles and technologies to be accepted among the general masses and become reliable and affordable for use. Nonetheless, while a great deal has been stated regarding autonomous cars, little attention has been paid to autonomous public transport, more specifically, autonomous buses (ABs). The present report analyzed the psychological barriers preventing the complete implementation of ABs through data collected from focus group (FG) discussions. The main objective of the FGs was to determine the factors influencing perceptions regarding ABs and their acceptability. The most important factors from the positive side were the reduction of personnel costs, the potential to decrease congestion, waiting time at intersections, and reduced emissions. On the other hand, the most important negative factors were an increase in vehicle and infrastructure costs, safety risks under certain conditions (e.g., system failures, terrorist attacks, etc.), and the possible reduction of employment opportunities.

Funding Projects

TypeCodeAcronymLeaderTitle
Government of SpainEXP 00093152/TIC-20160172UnspecifiedUnspecifiedAUTOMOST: Guiado automatizado para sistema de transporte dual

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Item ID: 64444
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/64444/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:64444
DOI: 10.3390/su11184986
Official URL: https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/11/18/4986
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 13 Oct 2020 14:20
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2020 14:20
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