Will tech spell the end of the school run?

Will tech spell the end of the school run?

Driverless buses could one day signal the end for the dreaded school run, a Government transport minister is forecasting.

Claire Perry envisages new-tech vehicles ferrying pupils to and from the classroom. Her "vision" comes just a month before the UK's inaugural significant driverless vehicle trials are due to start in Milton Keynes, Bristol, Coventry and Greenwich.

Ms Perry admitted she knows that driverless technology leaves "everyone nervous". However, she wants people to view such vehicles as less "zombie robotic taxis" than "assisted technology".

She spoke of the "huge potential" of utilising new-tech to give mass transport better cost-effectiveness.

In addition, Ms Perry, answering the transport select committee's questions on the future of British transport, said such buses would give parents more time. She called the prospect "incredibly exciting".

But she also cautioned of the risks of being reliant upon technology which is vulnerable to cyber attacks.

Copyright Press Association 2014