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The world is becoming automated, we all know that much. Everything from our floors getting cleaned to our cars driving is becoming automatic in one way or another. It’s quite exciting, but just a tad bit scary as well. To hand over the control to a bunch of micro chips and some software is not exactly the easiest of things to do. The people in Shanghai will have to get used to this though since the city is soon to start implementing driverless buses to haul around its population.

Chances are likely that you have experienced automation already. If you have ever flown great distances, you can be sure the autopilot has kept the plane in perfect alignment with your destination. But when it comes to driverless buses, things can be a little less easy to adapt to. Imagine large vehicles driving around on the streets without a driver. It can be a horrifying experience to say the least, as we are all pretty much brought up with the notion that a vehicle is always operated by someone.

However, the driverless buses of Shanghai are not left entirely unattended. They are all actually guided by hidden magnets in the ground, which gives them little room for failure. Still, making sure that pedestrians are kept safe is something that has taken years to perfect. Look at it as a software that constantly detects whether someone is close to the vehicle itself while in motion. This technology is already implemented in some newer models of the BMW for example. Anti-crash systems like these are a must in driverless vehicles, especially driverless buses.

The buses set to start rolling in Shanghai are 11-seat (plus one wheelchair space), 24-passenger coaches featuring lightweight aluminum frames with huge glass windows on the sides and roof. The driverless buses can be called upon by passengers from their mobile phones, and people can arrange to have the driverless buses stop at a particular place along the route. Its deployment will begin in Shanghai’s Minhang District and then spread out gradually to the rest of the city. It’s amazing how close we’re starting to get to the ever looming Blade Runner society! Driverless buses, check!

Driverless Buses In Shanghai

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Author: Richard Darell

Richard Darell is the founder and CEO of Bit Rebels, a multifaceted online news outlet that reports daily on the latest developments in technology, social media, design and everything geek. Today this media entity welcomes more than 2.5 million unique visitors per month and is considered the go to place for people in constant motion. As an Internet entrepreneur, he is dedicated to constantly trying to develop new ways to bring content faster and closer to the end user in a more streamlined way. His excitement for statistics has allowed him to further develop systems that continuously produce accurate and fast-paced analytics to better optimize the approach by which Bit Rebels presents news and content. His graphic design background has proven to be an important tool when designing new systems and features for Bit Rebels since the development of solid and stable code depends entirely on their structure and implemented procedures. Richard currently resides in Stockholm, Sweden and directs the Bit Rebels offices in both Stockholm and Atlanta. You can reach Richard at richard@bitrebels.com

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