London Mayor Boris Johnson and Transport for London (TfL) had announced last year to bring two new designs for a modern-day Routemaster double-decker bus for the English capital. After evaluating more than 700 design submissions, two designs-one from Aston Martin and another from Capoco Design, were shortlisted.
Interesting elements in the Aston Martin designed bus:
- Not as radical and enticing as Aston sportscars, but packs important functional bus elements
- Zero-emissions vehicle
- Drive-by-wire technology
- Solar panels built into a glass roof
New buses will enter service in 2011
The final design will have to meet all London bus regulations such as accessibility, safety and emissions norms.
Aston Martin & Capoco bus renderings:
Source: Motor Authority