Re: Can we have them
"A driverless microbus could travel around the villages and pick up and drop passengers at a bus stop on the main road. "
Yup, and a set of them can entrain themselves for peak periods.
Such a bus-train would majorly mitigate the stupid costs of running 40-seat busses when there are only a half dozen passengers AND the stupidly high roading costs of running 40 seat busses vs 40 cars (the 40 seat bus when empty does at least 10,000 times the road damage of 40 cars with 4 passengers onboard)
Automated vehicles will make some big changes to how perceive both taxi and bus services. There's a huge potential for blending (bus in peak periods, taxi in offpeak, etc)