The National School Transportation Association president discusses the new administration in Washington, the shortage of school bus drivers, and the potential impact of autonomous technology.
Thought leaders and industry experts discuss the impacts of connected and automated vehicles, ridesharing, onboard Wi-Fi, and big data at the bus manufacturer’s first-ever event of its kind.
Autonomous vehicles, VW settlement funds, and the new administration in Washington are among the topics targeted at NSTA’s Midwinter Meeting.
The committee will address the development and deployment of automated vehicles and the Department of Transportation’s related research and regulations.
If autonomous school buses are in our future, they will still need a pupil transportation professional on board to keep an eye on the kids and to make sure that loading and unloading are carried out safely.
The Freightliner Inspiration Truck is designed to maintain legal speed, stay in the selected lane, keep a safe braking distance from other vehicles, and slow or stop based on traffic and road conditions.
With advancements such as Google’s road-testing of self-driving cars, the notion is no longer relegated to episodes of “The Jetsons.” However, practical use is still a long way off, though automated vehicle technology and connected vehicle technology are arriving in increments. School bus manufacturers are keeping pace, as the technology stands to help enhance pupil transportation safety even further.