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Late-night bus travel is set to be transformed thanks to the 'snoozeliner', which is set to hit British roads next year.
Bleary-eyed revellers and weary shift workers could soon be taken home in the early hours on an ultra-luxurious night bus fitted with beds, memory foam mattresses and sleep-inducing scents.
It is hoped the late night shuttles will operate eight routes across four UK cities from Autumn 2018. Each bus will be fitted with 14 discreet futuristic pods and stewards will be on hand to wake passengers up before they reach their destination so they don't miss their stop.
The buses, dreamt up by mattress brand Simba, have been in development for four months, and Surrey-based Andersson-Wood architects has been working on its design.
Simba plan to fit USB chargers and Wi-Fi to every bus, as well as a valuables storage system.
Revolutionary software will enable passengers to tap in their stop when they board so stewards know when to wake them up.
Early computer-generated images of the vehicles reveal a striking vertical forest air purifying system and calming plants.
The cutting-edge sleep pods are being trialled with sound-isolating treatments and acoustic black-out blinds, together with a recessed amber light-therapy system.
Each booth will also feature a console offering a choice of soothing scent infusions recognised by aromatherapists for their sleep-inducing or hangover-busting properties as well as individual recessed sanitised shoe drawers and coat storage.
The mattress-maker is also in talks with a food delivery service to provide an advanced on-board system that will cleverly track your route, so you and your takeaway arrive home at the same time.
Unlimited free mineral water, with coffee and specially-selected smoothies will also be available on board.
It comes as a research shows a resounding 94 per cent of British workers have grabbed 40 winks on their commute in the past, and 45 per cent have dozed off on the way to or from a night out.
James Cox, CEO of high-tech sleep brand Simba, said: 'New research shows we doze off on public transport 27 times a year and are at our most sleep-deprived in December.
'Deciding to grab 40 winks on public transport can be an inconvenience on your time and wallet, and no one likes the feeling of being woken by another passenger as your stop rushes by, or shaken awake as the train reaches the end of the line miles from home.
'We think exhausted commuters deserve better, and we hope the Simba snoozeliners can serve as a much-needed service to the bed-craving masses of the UK’s biggest cities.'
- Daily Mail