Smart buses to provide on-demand transport service in northern city

Kim Joo-heon Reporter() | Posted : November 1, 2021, 17:42 | Updated : November 1, 2021, 17:42

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SEOUL -- The northern city of Paju will operate new public transportation called "demand response transport" (DRT). A DRT is a bus that uses artificial intelligence to create optimal routes in real-time depending on passengers' demands.

Paju said in a statement on November 1 that the city will adopt the smart bus system. Paju has issued a designated DRT license on October 27 and the test operation will begin in November 2021. Smart buses will start their test operation when they are installed with platform equipment. The official operation will begin in December 2021 after the demonstration.

A total of nine smart buses will be operated to carry passengers from residential areas that lack public transportation infrastructure. "As the population is rapidly increasing due to the development of new towns, we have adopted a new concept of public transportation that combines IT technology to eradicate citizens' inconvenience," Paju Mayor Choi Jong-hwan was quoted as saying.
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