Abellio London launches Mobileye bus safety technology trial; and finds 29% reduction in collisions and 60% reduction in injuries

  • Buses on three Abellio bus routes in London installed with innovative safety system
  • Mobileye technology alerts bus drivers to possible collisions with cyclists, motorcycles, pedestrians and other vehicles
  • Trial supported by TfL's Safety Innovation Fund
  • Provisional findings to date show 29% reduction in avoidable collisions (those in the driver's control to prevent) and 60% reduction in injuries from avoidable collisions

Our Abellio London Bus team has launched a major trial of safety technology that aims to reduce collisions with cyclists, motorcylists, pedestrians and other vehicles.

Abellio London operates 48 bus routes across London and runs more than 740 vehicles; all of which are part of one of the cleanest fleets, with Euro VI and diesel / electric hybrid buses.

We have now installed Mobileye collision technology on all the buses on three of its London routes. The Mobileye system provides audio and visual alerts to assist the driver in preventing or mitigating a collision.

Mobileye technology warns the driver of an impending collision with a pedestrian, cyclist, motorcycle or other vehicle (Forward Collision Warning and Pedestrian & Cyclist Collision Warning). It also warns the driver if the distance from the vehicle ahead becomes unsafe (Headway Monitoring & Warning), of unintentional lane deviation (Lane Departure Warning), and of exceeding the speed limit (Speed Limit Indicator & Traffic Sign Recognition).

A total of 66 buses on three London routes were involved in the trial, which found that avoidable collisions (those in the driver's control to prevent) were reduced by 29%, and injuries from avoidable collisions were reduced by 60%.

Transport for London is supporting the trial with a grant from its Bus Safety Innovation Fund.

Mobileye's aftermarket collision avoidance technology is provided by the same team developing some of the world's most sophisticated advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicle technology and can be retrofitted to almost any vehicle.

Tony Wilson, Managing Director at Abellio London, said: "Safety and driving standards are our top priority, and we're delighted to be trialling Mobileye's technology on three of our London routes. The Mobileye system gives aural and visual alerts to drivers that allow them to react - reducing incidents and keeping everyone safe in the communities we are proud to serve. It is imperative that bus companies pursue investment in this kind of innovative safety technology. We are grateful to TfL for supporting this important trial."

Gil Ayalon, Director of EMEA at Mobileye said: "All over the world bus companies are investing in Mobileye technology to improve safety standards, ensuring that drivers can take prompt action when danger is detected. Abellio takes safety very seriously and they've been a superb partner, helping their drivers get the very best out of the system."

All the buses on Abellio's 49, 345 and 414 routes in London have been fitted with Mobileye technology - a total of 66 vehicles. A camera unit is installed on the inside of the windshield, and a display is placed in the driver's cab. The results of the trial will be available later in the year.