For years there have been bus services that tailor their routes to users’ needs. Not only in the form of dial-a-ride services and community transport, but also along the lines of school transportation: A bus that serves a daily route based on students’ needs.
Generally, fixed school bus routes remain the same every day, with perhaps very slight changes occurring throughout the term. Daily life, however, isn’t predicable. Traditional bus services struggle to provide the flexibility required to function in line with unforeseen events. Why does the bus need to divert to a student’s house when the parents called the school earlier in the day to let them know that their child will be absent? Why should you stand out in the cold if you can receive a message at home telling you that the bus is on its way?
Our digital DRT app offers many advantages for School-bus services; Increasing efficiency, minimizing human work-load, and improving parental control.
Transforming your current service can be done in three simple stages:
No school is the same and students will always have very diverse transport needs. For this very reason, all of the above steps can be customized in relation to specific projects. During the 2018-19 academic year, Shotl in collaboration with Essex County Council and Jacobs, completed Stage 1 for a secondary school in Essex, with 3000 trips fulfilled using seven minibuses. Thanks to the success of Stage 1, the project will now continue into the next academic year with Stages 2 and 3.
We are excited to explore new DRT models, and school transportation is an area in which we would like to take further steps over the next few years. We look forward to sharing further news and findings with you as the project continues.
Driverless transport represents an opportunity to disrupt current unsustainable models, among other benefits. However, while industry is convinced, there’s still a long road ahead in terms of public appetite and confidence.