TfL to trial new technology to improve bus safety in London


Transport for London (TfL) has announced plans to test new safety technology on buses in London, UK.

The test will evaluate automatic braking and audible warning systems, as well as new mirrors that will improve the driver's vision.

All new technologies will be independently trialled at the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL).

TRL’s engineers and technical specialists will work with TfL, bus manufacturers and operators to trial a range of new safety measures.

In addition, the team will focus on re-designing the front portion of the bus in order to reduce the impact of a collision, as well as modification of bus interiors to improve passenger safety.

"We are determined to drive down the unacceptable number of people injured or killed on London's roads and make streets safe for pedestrians and cyclists."

The results of the new trials will be incorporated in the new Bus Safety Standards, which will be included op bus operator contracts by the end of next year.

Earlier this year, London Mayor Sadiq Khan unveiled a 'Vision Zero' approach to road danger in his draft transport strategy.

TfL Surface Transport managing director Leon Daniels said: "We are determined to drive down the unacceptable number of people injured or killed on London's roads and make streets safe for pedestrians and cyclists.

“Not a day is being wasted in working towards Vision Zero, and this trial is part of our comprehensive programme to make road deaths caused by London buses a thing of the past."