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As guide wheels can be inexpensively attached to, and removed from, almost any standard model of bus, kerb guided busway systems are not tied to particular specialised vehicles or equipment suppliers.
Characteristically, operators contracted to run services on kerb-guided busways will purchase or lease the vehicles themselves; as second-hand vehicles (with guide wheels removed) have a ready resale market.
Other experimental systems have non-mechanical guidance, such as sensors or magnets buried in the roadway.
Two bus lines in Eindhoven, Netherlands, are used by Phileas vehicles.
The kerb-guided system maintains a narrow track while still enabling buses to pass one another at speed.
Consequently, kerb-guided track can be fitted into former double-track rail alignments without the requirement for additional land-take that might have been necessary were a disused railway to be converted into a public highway.
The distance between the door steps and the platform is optimized not to exceed 5 centimetres (2 in).
These guide wheels push the steering mechanism of the bus, keeping it centralised on the track.