Cornell Bowers College of Computing and Information Science

Autonomous buses: It’s all about when, not how, they sound

April 17, 2023

By Patricia Waldron

The town of Linköping, Sweden, has a small fleet of autonomous electric buses that carry riders along a predetermined route. The bright vehicles, emblazoned with the tagline, “Ride the Future,” have one main problem: Pedestrians and cyclists regularly get too close, causing the buses to brake suddenly, and making riders late for work.

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