Comment 119739

By mdrejhon (registered) - website | Posted July 22, 2016 at 11:22:59 in reply to Comment 119735

Mercede's demo was impressive, and I am looking forward to self-driving buses/cars/LRVs -- but these are extremely expensive with the high cost of making vehicles driverless in a trustworthy/secure way -- over time they will be part of our transportation network.

Time will be needed to make them mature enough to be able to handle a TiCats/bar crowd, fragile-heart passengers, and unaccompanied kids, all in the middle of a blizzard. And capacity is still an issue, whether self-driving bus, self-driving LRT, or self-driving cars. As a software developer myself, this is all an exciting development to watch.

Regardless, mass transit will still be an essential part of growing our city's population as well.

I was opposed to the Hydro One sale, but with the horses having left the barn. Transit enhancements is one of the best places to put this into, especially along a route that provides huge economic development potential and over time bringing lots of new employers/jobs to town. This is increasingly becoming modern reality in many cities, including what's happening in Kitchener-Waterloo with many buildings of new employment being built.

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