CabiBUS with one passenger compartment (cabin) for each passenger is a truly innovative vehicle. It is the prerequisite for an attractive public transportation solution that offers privacy when sharing a vehicle with unknown passengers in a small vehicle without a driver. It also provides other unique advantages against existing systems.
Public transportation systems today have many limitations and problems that make it less attractive for the majority of travelers. Even in a country like Sweden, with well developed public transport systems, people choose their private car for more than 80% of the daily trips resulting in traffic congestions, pollution and accidents. The major issues are:
- The distance from the starting point to the nearest bus/tram stop and from the last stop to the end destination, in most cases by walking..
- Often it is necessary to change to another bus/tram, adding waiting time and weather exposure.
- Sharing a limited space with other passengers reduce the possibility to work or relax and entails exposure to airborne infections.
- Total travel time is typically much longer than by private car, in Sweden the average is 68% longer
- Children can have problems with using public transport alone, also elderly and people with minor disabilities not qualified for special transportation service, making private car the chosen alternative.
With these obstacles the authorities in cities and regions have real problems to reach their goals for reduced traffic. Electric drive is the key to sustainable transport. CabiBUS is a compact, self-driving (autonomous Level 4,5), electric minibus with 3-4 doors on each side for a total of 6-8 passengers. It's more convenient, safe, reliable and sustainable than any other means of local and regional travel. It's also suitable for children and persons with disabilities. CabiBUS can be produced in vastly larger volumes than buses and trams, which provides economies of scale and low cost per seat. It's truly a game changer in public transportation.
Taxi services with autonomous cars are now being developed by some of the largest companies in the world: Google Waymo, GM, Uber, DIDI, Mercedes and others have announced plans to launch such services before 2023. A RoboTaxi trip will have a higher cost for a single passenger than a CabiBUS trip but will be the preferred service if fast transportation is the highest priority or if several persons want to travel together from one place to another.
CabiBUS may offer faster trips than RoboTaxis where it is allowed to use public transportation lanes.
Many researchers are warning for increased traffic congestions when anyone can take a low cost direct trip alone in a robotaxi so politicians will probably have to find ways to give shared travelling priority in cities.
CabiBUS enables cities to move toward a model of on-demand mobility in which citizens can take advantage of clean transportation options that meet their immediate needs. CabiBUS with one passenger compartment (cabin) for each passenger is a truly innovative vehicle. It is the prerequisite for a public transportation solution that provides unique advantages against existing systems.
Looking 100 years back when planning 17 years ahead for the public transportations? Investing 25 billion SEK (US$2.8 billion) in trams and large buses on fixed routes. Based the decision in March 2018 on an investment plan that mentioned autonomous vehicles in only three sentences.
Ser 100 år bakåt när man planerar kollektivtrafiken 17 år framåt. Enbart urgammal teknik som spårvagnar, linjeburna bussar (Koll2035) och en mycket omtvistad pendeltågstunnel (Västlänken) i satsningen för 50 Miljarder.
Nissan and DeNA introduces Easy Ride, a future robo-vehicle mobility service.
A very good illustration of the CabiBUS system but with one BIG difference: The low-cost Nissan-DeNA taxi service model will bring a devastating increase of traffic in cities.
Real ride-sharing, that replaces most of the taxis and private cars, is the only way forward to reduced traffic and fossil free mobility.
And to make ride-sharing in driverless vehicles so safe and comfortable that it attracts all types of passengers, individual cabins, as in CabiBUS, is the solution.
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