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#45 - July 2016        



This issue of the newsletter comes with some exciting stories regarding the latest innovations in the bus and coach sector. You can read, among others, about electric buses that charge in a few seconds, a self-driving bus successfully tested in real traffic conditions and bus-only guideways that help in considerably decreasing travel duration. A Belgian study concluded that people are open to travel by coach if certain conditions are met and seeing all these developments they might not be very hard to convince. With all these changes, how do you see the bus and coach market and services in the next 15 years? Smart Move would love to know your opinion.


 - The Smart Move team



Flash-charging e-buses soon to run in Geneva


Transports Publics Genevois has awarded a $16 million contract to ABB to provide flash charging and on-board electric vehicle technology for 12 TOSA buses. The innovative technology allows buses to connect to the charging point in less than 1 second and to charge in only 15 seconds at the bus stop.


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Major automaker begins testing of automated buses


Daimler’s first self-driving city bus has been recently seen on the road in the Netherlands. The Mercedes-Benz Future Bus was tested on a 20 kilometre-long route, part of Europe’s longest BRT, in Amsterdam.


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Smart Move partner BDO and Messe Berlin launch trade event BUS2BUS


BUS2BUS will premiere on 25 and 26 April 2017 in Berlin and will focus on the key themes that will shape the future of the bus and coach sector. This exclusive industry event will take place every two years.


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Hungarian city purchases large fleet of green buses


The city of Nyíregyháza in Hungary has decided to enlarge its public transport fleet with cleaner vehicles. The roads of Nyíregyháza will soon see 41 buses fuelled by compressed natural gas and six electric buses.


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UK guided busway provides rapid connections to bus travelers


Part of Transport for Greater Manchester’s bus priority investment package, a 4.5-mile bus-only guideway between Leigh, Tyldesley and Ellenbrook was put into service in April this year. Thanks to its unique concrete track, the busway provides super-smooth and rapid connections for passengers.


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A significant number of travelers are willing to take the coach, study shows


A study carried out recently by ICB in Belgium shows that a considerable number of people are willing to travel by coach if certain criteria are met.


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Buses - India’s most popular means of transport


According to the Indian NSSO's report "Key Indicators of Household Expenditure on Services and Durable Goods", the bulk of the household expenditure on transport was spent on buses and trams in both urban and rural areas making these the most used modes of transports in India.


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Take a moment and tell us how you see the future of bus and coach services and markets.




New mobile learning app helps drivers to familiarise with Scania’s coaches


Scania GB has developed a mobile app aimed at helping drivers and operators to get familiarised with the two-axle and three-axle Touring coach.


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 Busworld Academy & IRU congress "Towards a sustainable bus & coach future"


25 - 27 October 2016

Moscow, Russia


Euro Bus Expo 2016 


1 - 3 November

Birmingham, UK



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