The wheels on the bus , excerpt:
The driver on the bus says "Move along, there! Move along there! Move along there! "
The driver on the bus says " Move along there!" All the way to town.
Traditional children's song variation. Original song written by Verna Hills.
Funny spoof of the TV series "On the Buses":
Where is the deterrence to rape and theft if there is no driver on the bus?
If GPS devices often misdirect drivers, what happens when a driverless bus gets the route wrong?
Who deals with all the non-driving duties like cleaning up after a passenger has motion sickness, or administering first aid?
I can say for myself, that as a female I feel safer on a bus or tram, than on a train, because of the deterrence to crime afforded by having a driver visibly sitting in the same space.
A bus driver can be a social contact for many people. Our bus drivers in our area are very polite and make small chat as you get on, unless they're very busy. They put on music or radio news at their discretion. We can pay in cash, which means "Big Brother" does not know everywhere we go (a pet hate of mine).
When I was alot younger, age 17- 18, I was taking the same bus to work every shift, in a big city. The bus driver got to know everyone and it was a pleasant atmosphere. I liked to go to a big market and buy things, even a pair of lovebirds in a cage once. (Advice, don't buy pets at markets, they had an infection.) One day I got on the bus with a pair of folding chairs. The bus driver looked at them , paused, as if he might deny me passage, and said "You know, you don't have to bring your own chairs, we have some provided!!"
Link to article on UBER driverless cars in Pittsburg USA