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A major North American bus maker is adopting advanced driver-assist and autonomous driving software

Big bus news this week: Gillig, one of North America’s top bus manufacturers teamed up with RR.AI, which develops autonomous driving systems.

The goal: The new partners will develop commuter buses with driver-assistance systems and self-driving tech. Gillig was founded in 1890 to make horse-drawn carriages and has worked with major transit agencies across the US since then. One recent example: In May 2021, it announced a $44 million deal to deliver at least 44 electric buses to the Utah Transit Authority.

  • The company says it plans to roll out the new features to all its buses, but its latest electric model will be first in line for the upgrade.

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