TfL looking for businesses to sponsor free wifi on buses

TfL are testing the popularity of free wifi on two London bus routes, in the hope that businesses will sponsor the technology and enable a London-wide rollout.

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Transport for London (TfL) are testing the popularity of free wifi on two London bus routes, in the hope that businesses will sponsor the technology and enable a London-wide rollout.

Bus passengers have access to free wifi on London buses as part of a TfL trial that began this morning.

Wifi, provided by Bluepod media, has been installed on a route 12 bus, operating between Dulwich and Oxford Circus, and a route RV1 bus, which operates between Covent Garden and Tower Hill.

London buses are being kitted out with a host of new technology for piloting this year.

Earlier this week, TfL announced new safety sensors in a bid to reduce the serious injuries and deaths of pedestrians and cyclists on London roads.

Some buses are also trialling software that analyses information from the onboard CCTV system to display set availability on the upper-deck on screen at the base of the stairs.

Passenger information screens will also begin to pop up on London buses. The screens will provide passengers with real time progress of their journey on a map as well as anticipated time of arrival and details of nearby interchanges.

TfL’s head of technical services group, Simon Reed, said: “London buses have always led the way with new technology on its network, benefiting the millions of passengers who make the most of the extensive network every day...These trials will establish whether this technology provides genuine benefits to people on the move.”

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