A hybrid of ridesharing-like services, buses, traffic light synchronicity and optimized autonomy. The Super Shuttle.
The Super Shuttle is like a hybrid of ridesharing services and buses that offers the best of both worlds. They use an AI designed route with stops like busses but offer upcharge, location-based pickup and dropoff.
Smaller vehicles allow for more shuttles and more frequent pickups. They are more nimble in traffic and most importantly, they are synced with the traffic lights. They make stops during red lights and get green lights whenever they are moving. This could be done by matching their routes with the traffic light timing or by using AI to update the routes and lights simultaneously in real time to optimize both shuttle services and traffic flow.
Use the app to track the shuttle so you know EXACTLY when you need to be at a stop. -OR- Use location-based PICKUP or DROPOFF, similar to ridesharing services, for an upcharge.
Every ride is automatically charged through the app and automatically discounted if you're a frequent rider.
EVERY seat has a usb port.
Parking lots located near highway off-ramps, outside city limits, allow for more parking spaces and city visitors can easily board The Super.
This system would easily transition to autonomous vehicles. It's minimized operations radius would allow for more thorough 3D mapping, lower speed limits and potential use of sensors placed in intersections.