A NEW On Demand Bus service currently being trialled on the streets of Coventry and the University of Warwick campus.
The aim is to free the bus from set routes and timetables to offer greater flexibility and convenience to passengers while keeping fares low.
Passengers call the bus to a virtual bus stop using a smart phone app and it works out the most efficient route to the destination, accounting for the needs of other passengers.
Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands, said: “This new plan ensures we make the most of new technologies and the phenomenal innovation that is happening right here in our region.
“From our 5G testbed to the Future Transport Zone, not only can we continue to invest billions of pounds in public transport, but also help tackle climate change and create jobs in the process.
“We know how critical strong transport links are, and at the heart of our plan is an ambition to continue to provide better connectivity to left-behind communities to help everyone have the same chances in life.”
Coun Jim O’Boyle, cabinet member for jobs, regeneration and climate change, added: “In Coventry we know the importance of greener transport and we are heavily involved in a wide range of schemes to both apply these – now across all forms of transport – and pilot new technologies.
“We are working with TFWM on testing out electric scooters, ‘On demand’ bus projects, and are busy working on a Very Light Rail scheme, while also setting out the infrastructure for a new battery plant and a potential new Gigafactory for the city.
“With a location at the heart of the country it’s great that the city is playing such a key role in future transport planning – all with the aim of supporting the local economy, wellbeing of the local community and connecting us effectively within the region and across the nation.”
Click here for more on the service and to download the WM On Demand app for Android or iPhone.