Bus Minister launches Talking Buses competition

Bus Competition LaunchToday (24th October 2014) the Bus Minister, Baroness Kramer, launched the All Aboard competition, which invites students to submit ideas for low cost audio visual announcement (AV) technology for buses.

It was at Guide Dog’s parliamentary reception on 2 July that Baroness Kramer first announced plans to launch the competition to seek out low cost and innovative ways of fitting buses with AV. The competition will be sponsored by the Department for Transport and the Transport Systems Catapult (an organisation that links up private and public organisations). Following the competition the Government will support bus operators to develop a prototype of the winner.

Guide Dogs Campaigns Manager James White spoke at the launch and says:

“We welcome the Government’s acknowledgement that AV is important for people with sight loss to travel safely and with confidence. The majority of buses are currently inaccessible to people with sight loss and we are campaigning for all new buses to be fitted with AV in line with recommendations made by the Transport Select Committee.”

You can read more about the impact AV can have for bus passengers in our latest report, Destination Unknown.