Autonomous Transit Guide

AVs as Mass Transit: Why and how to integrate driverless vehicles with public transportation.

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It’s a thrilling thought: Cars navigating streets and winding through traffic without any human intervention — all to bring us to our destinations more conveniently, efficiently, and safely. There’s no doubt that autonomous vehicles, or AVs for short, provide great fodder for imagining the future of transportation. 


But, do they actually benefit society?


Many transportation experts are still unsure. This is because we haven’t seen a clear roadmap for AVs becoming fully integrated into public transit systems. Rather, the majority of information situates AVs as separate from public transit or only the latest innovation of private vehicles. But the fact is, transportation needs will define the future of AVs — not the other way around. 


When AV technology is fully mature, our usual transit planning processes will be in full swing, adapting autonomous technology to local transit requirements. In other words, AVs will not be deployed just as innovation for innovation’s sake. At Via, we’re already doing this. 


In this guide, we delve into the why and how of bringing AVs to mass transit. Sticking to relevant use cases and leveraging on-demand, dynamic, and shared TransitTech will be critical to unlocking the true potential of driverless transportation.