Bus Safety (1)

MQT on 2017-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2017
Question By: 
Tom Copley
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


With refence to the Mayor's 'Vision Zero' approach to road danger in his draft transport strategy, which includes the Mayor's stated aim of eliminating death and serious injury involving a bus in London by 2030, what plans does he have to retrofit all London buses with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems?


Answer for Bus Safety (1)

Answer for Bus Safety (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As part of the Bus Safety Programme, TfL is developing a new Bus Safety Standard.

This will identify a package of safety measures including elements of primary safety (to prevent collisions) and secondary safety (to mitigate the impact of collisions) such as:

- Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) or other collision avoidance systems

- Front of bus and mirror design

- Internal bus design

- Technology to prevent pedal confusion.

These technologies and design features are currently being identified and tested by the Transport Research Laboratory and our manufacturer delivery partners to be incorporated into new route contracts from the end of 2018.

There are no current plans to retrofit Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) to buses in London. TfL has trialled retrofitting some ADAS products in the past and found them to be unfit for purpose. This is because retrofitting hardware (or a 'bolt on' solution) to existing buses can cause technical issues with engine management systems which are expensive and time consuming to rectify. Fitting new technologies at point of manufacture means that the hardware is integrated into engine management systems and therefore minimises the risk of new technologies not being fully integrated with other control systems on board.