Project CAV Forth, led by Fusion Processing, has secured a £4.35M grant to develop a high capacity Autonomous Bus Pilot Service across the iconic Forth Bridge.

The project will convert five full-size Alexander Dennis single decker manually driven buses into autonomous vehicles. These self-driving buses will provide a service capable of carrying up to 42 passengers 14 miles across the Forth Bridge from Fife to Edinburgh Park Train and Tram interchange.

The Government says that with buses every 20 minutes this could provide an estimated 10,000 weekly journeys, and support the case for rolling out similar services across the UK.

The project was one of three selected following a competitive process the fourth round of the Connected and Autonomous Vehicles Intelligent Mobility Fund.

Each pilot combines the strengths of leading names from business, technology and academia – including Jaguar Land Rover, Addison Lee, Fusion Processing, Oxbotica, and the universities of Nottingham and the West of England – and support the government’s ambition to have self-driving vehicles on UK roads by 2021 through the modern Industrial Strategy and Future of Mobility Grand Challenge.