04 March 2016

Putting smart public transport technology to the test

An EU-funded project is testing intelligent, energy-efficient and passenger-friendly bus service innovations designed to bring benefits to both commuters and public authorities across 12 cities in Europe. The most effective solutions are expected to create new market opportunities for cutting-edge technology in public transport.

By encouraging the prioritisation of energy-efficient solutions in bus renewal programmes and new tenders, the EBSF_2 project aims to lower operating costs, and to cut down on carbon emissions over time. Smart IT solutions should also enable public transport authorities to offer more integrated transport solutions across urban areas.

“The EBSF_2 (European Bus System of the Future 2) project will test and evaluate these solutions through real service demonstrations,” explains project coordinator Michele Tozzi, EU project manager at the Union Internationale des Transports Publics (UITP), Belgium. “This will enable suppliers to add to their product portfolios, which will strengthen their competitiveness as leading suppliers of cutting-edge products for buses. IT suppliers should also benefit from new standardised solutions that are interoperable and cost-efficient.”

These demonstrations will involve more than 500 buses across 12 European cities (Barcelona, Dresden, Gothenburg, Helsinki, London, Lyon, Madrid, Paris Area, Paris City, Ravenna, San Sebastian, and Stuttgart) and will address issues ranging from improving energy efficiency and optimising bus management through to new bus layout concepts and optimised accessibility. Electric modular buses with adjustable capacity to meet actual demand will be trialled, along with predictive maintenance tools that avoid expensive repairs and new bus stop designs that aid access for all.

For more information: http://ec.europa.eu/research/infocentre/article_en.cfm?id=/research/star/index_en.cfm?p=s1-ebsf2&calledby=infocentre&item=Infocentre&artid=38516