A bus rider's work is also challenging, not as much as the driver's, but at times one wishes for an avatar to stand and wait roadside for the bus, breathing diesel soot and getting dust in your eyes, sometimes for half an hour or longer. Even if you are standing right next to the highway, you must look sharp -- blink and the driver could blow right by you, especially if visibility is poor, or if they are running late.
Better ways are in the works. The electronics company Philips has designed a system using smartphones to flag bus drivers that passengers are waiting. The bus route is flexible, changing according to where people need to be picked up. The same technology can tell riders where their bus is, and whether they have time to read the paper until it arrives.
That's a ride everybody can get on board with.