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#41 - March 2016        



Inspired by the International Women's Day, most of the stories of the March edition are dedicated to women. You can read, among others, about women's travel behaviours and discover powerful female figures that could inspire other women to enter the bus and coach industry. 

This issue also has a look at the most recent developments regarding autonomous buses and customer-focused coach services and at the latest events and actions undertaken by IRU. Enjoy the read.


- The Smart Move team



Portrait of a powerful woman in the transport industry



Edith Bischof is one of Germany’s best known business women in the transport sector. Born in 1950, she founded Bischof-Reisen in 1979 becoming the CEO of her own bus and coach company.Discover her story.


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Bus services exclusively for women in India


Last year, India saw a number of women-only bus services being launched across the country. These exclusive bus services must make women feel safer and encourage them to use the bus more often.


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Secrets of Creating Women-Only Tours


This story comes from our american partner The American Bus Association and is written by Linda Edelman of Custom Tours Inc. She highlights some ideas for developing tailored tours for women, but many of the points she raises have universal application.


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CityMobil2 project close to its end


Autonomous driving technology is improving thanks to the EU-supported project, CityMobil2. Learn about the project's experiences in France, Finland, Switzerland & Greece.


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Blurring the boundaries between coach and taxi


The newly launched “Executive Lane” brand from Sales-Lentz Group brings a mix of high-end chauffeur-driven cars and luxury coach travel, blurring the boundaries between the two.


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Europe’s tourism sector calls for smarter Schengen visa package


IRU, as part of the Network for the European Private Sector in Tourism (NET), is calling on European parliamentarians to vote for a smarter Schengen visa package. 


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Long distance coach market opening and smart technology - good for business, good for customers, good for society


IRU opened its 2016 series of global debates on long distance bus and coach services and innovation with a dedicated forum in Brussels. Mobility and innovation experts debated recent and future market and technology developments.


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...that women are more likely to take the bus than men are?



English TV personality encourages women to become bus drivers


Ferne McCann, teamed up with Stagecoach in its efforts to encourage more women to consider a career in the bus and coach industry.


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Busworld Istanbul 2016


Busworld will be back in Turkey for the 6th time from 14 to 17 April 2016.


European Bus Forum 2016 

23 June, The University of Manchester



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