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And the cost? Two minibuses pootling around an industrial estate comes at a modest £4.3 million. And, of course, these driverless buses will each carry a driver!
Did fbb hear someone say "What an utterly irresponsible waste of money"?
And those involved ...
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They will ride joyously, enhanced by a new version of the Stagecoach boring livery.
So that's another financial disaster then!
How will I use the Autonomous Bus?
Using an Autonomous Bus will be very similar to a regular experience of travelling on a traditional Stagecoach service.
Journey information will be available on our app, on 3rd party journey planners, and timetables will be available on location. The bus will stop at every stop, so there is no need to worry about hailing. You will be invited to board by one of our friendly Captains who can offer support, assistance and reassurance as you settle in for the journey – the only difference being that they will check/dispense your tickets once the vehicle has set off rather than when boarding. Simply press the bell as normal to get off at the next stop.
We won't think it’s weird if you say thank you to the computer when alighting! J
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Isn't Technology Wonderful 6 - How Much?
The price, a modest £320 or thereabouts.
OUCH - DOUBLE OUCH.
It won't be available until much later in 2023, so you ave plenty of time yo start topping up your piggy bank.
Or maybe one for £14?
It doen't have a motor so will end up as a static display - but so will most of the Hornby Dublo models - far too expensive to risk on a working layout.
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Alan (the Northampton one) recently received an email from Transport for London.