Transport for London is Testing Tech for Finding a Seat on the Bus

By: Laura McQuarrie - Jun 24, 2014
References: techdigest & engadget
Finding a seat on the bus will now be a lot less of a hassle, thanks to a new technology from Transport for London. To save commuters the trouble of venturing to the second level of a packed double decker bus, TfL is testing new screens that show a seat availability map, as well as ones to show the exact position of the bus in real-time, plus future stops and estimated arrival times.

Interestingly, the seat map is not connected to sensors, but a camera that makes a visual analysis based on photos snapped by CCTV cameras. Now, as well as monitoring for safety, the cameras will serve a handy second purpose and hopefully, make bus rides in London that much more pleasant.