Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Read All about It ... Here's the Driverless Mini-Routemaster

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Read All about It ... Here's the Driverless Mini-Routemaster

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Byline: Mark Blunden Technology Reporter

A DRIVERLESS mini-Routemaster bus has been designed to help ease congestion and pollution with the help of recycled Evening Standards.

Transport designer Jonny Culkin has created a battery-powered pod with room for about 30 people, which he wants to be a hybrid Tube/bus option for "Uber-length journeys".

The walls and roof are made from clear polycarbonate to encourage passengers to gaze outside instead of down at their phones, in the hope they will feel refreshed when they arrive at their destination. There is a book exchange in each corner and fittings inside are made from compacted newspaper pages. They are glued together and can be cut and sanded like wood.

Mr Culkin's design is about half the size of a new Routemaster, with room for two dozen or so passengers who would "perch" around the vehicle.

He imagines small convoys of the emission-free buses whirring continuously along London's busiest streets to make more efficient use of road space. …

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