Memorias de investigación
Research Publications in journals:
The Driverless Bus: An Analysis of Public Perceptions and Acceptability
Year:2019

Research Areas
  • Engineering

Information
Abstract
The development of autonomous vehicles (AVs) holds a high potential for improving security, reducing congestion, increasing fuel e?ciency, 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 a?ordable 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.
International
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JCR
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Title
Sustainability
ISBN
****-****
Impact factor JCR
2,576
Impact info
Volume
11
10.3390/su11184986
Journal number
4986
From page
1
To page
15
Month
SEPTIEMBRE
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Research Group, Departaments and Institutes related
  • Creador: Grupo de Investigación: Planificación del Transporte
  • Centro o Instituto I+D+i: Centro de Investigación del Transporte
  • Departamento: Urbanística y Ordenación del Territorio
  • Departamento: Ingeniería Civil: Transporte y Territorio