A worldwide first in transport is to be piloted in Bradley Stoke this Thursday (1st November 2012).
‘Buxi‘ combines the cost and environmental efficiencies of buses with the convenience of taxis.
Passengers order the service online and the vehicles collect them from close to home and take them to their destination, collecting and delivering other passengers on the way. The journeys are both personalised and shared.
The service is being offered to Bradley Stoke residents who work in Filton, in collaboration with major employers in the area, including Airbus and NHSBT. It is hoped that a weekday commuter service will begin in the New Year.
Buxi is the brainchild of David Stewart, a mathematician and engineer who came up with the idea when be got fed up of seeing empty buses. “They’re an environmental disaster,” he says. The idea is to encourage more people to use shared transport by using location technology to provide higher level of service than buses at a fraction of the cost of taxis.
The project has received funding from the Technology Strategy Board and was recently announced a winner of The LowCVP Challenge, a nationwide competition for innovations that reduce carbon output.
Photo: Traffic on the A38 Flyover near the Bristol Mail Centre in Filton.
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