The inter-urban travel environment is ripe for disruption.
Each stage in the evolution of our transport system to date (roads, turnpikes, canals, railways, bicycles, cars, motorways) has had widespread and profound economic, social and environmental impacts across society, many of which could not have been predicted ahead of time and we expect to see the same level of wider impacts from the fourth industrial revolution, of which we believe this is part.
The key novel elements of our innovation are:
- Agile schedules which evolve in real-time using genetic algorithms to provide the best efficient service to passengers.
- Adapting the Destination Dispatch concept (initially developed to speed travel in hotel lifts where passengers are allocated to a lift prior to boarding as a way of minimising intermediate stops) for the interurban public transport sector.
- The use of novel ‘Inline Coach Stops’ constructed as part of the strategic road network, that allow vehicles to stop, transfer passengers and get back on the road within seconds (a concept already well established as an essential part of Bus Rapid Transit systems, but not yet significantly used for interurban services.
- Real-time digital connectivity for all riders using a Smartphone, allowing bookings and trip status information to be updated near-instantly if their trip itinerary is adjusted.
- Frequent services (<30min headway) on most routes, using smaller electric low-floor express coaches that allow rapid boarding and alighting for a faster and more convenient service.
- Use of a simulation environment to demonstrate the effectiveness of the above when compared with current transport options (car driving, rail, current Express Coach).
- To use a simulation environment to demonstrate the value of making infrastructure changes, such as creating custom inline Coach Stops on the Strategic Road Network.