Public transport plays a vital role in the smooth running of cities but the implementation of transport solutions is often a costly and disruptive endeavour. There are questions as to whether and to what extent new mobility solutions present an opportunity to reduce these challenges. While recent advances in autonomous vehicle technology have the potential to significantly impact public transport systems, trials using Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAVs) for public transport are still limited.

Commissioned by The Centre the Connected Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) and InnovateUK, we carried out three feasibility studies of autonomous public transport trials in Cambridge, East Birmingham and Milton Keynes. Intended to provide evidence of the case for change in the three regions, the studies also examined the economic, social and environmental effects of the schemes as well as high level costings and challenges to commercialisation.

Our report aims to disseminate our findings from these studies and beyond, offering key insights into how Connected and Automated Mobility (CAM) could revolutionise the public transport landscape and exploring the next steps for deploying these services across the UK.

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Research insights into an autonomous future