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#46 - September 2016        



Implemented or planned solutions for more environmental friendly, modern and sustainable bus and coach transport are highlighted in the stories that make up this edition of the newsletter. It is very positive to see that cities continue to invest in clean buses and that innovation is driving improvements in customer satisfaction and the quality of urban bus transport. In this issue you can also read about self-driving buses that have been developed in Russia and are soon to be put to the test. On the topic of Russia, do not forget to register for the Busworld Academy & IRU Congress "Towards a Sustainable Bus & Coach Future" to be held in Moscow on 25 - 27 October 2016.


 - The Smart Move team



Russian self-driving shuttle bus ready for testing in 2017


NAMI, a Russian government-funded automotive research organisation, has teamed up with Yandex - the company operating Russia’s largest search engine, as well as Russian truck maker Kamaz and Daimler to build a driverless shuttle bus. The bus has already been displayed at the Moscow International Automobile Salon and tests on closed routes are planned for the next year.


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Smart Move award winner, Digital Matatus, creates pan-African blueprint for urban transport


Digital Matatus – IRU’s Smart Move Award winner for ‘best innovation’ – reports on the successes of mobile phone crowdsourcing data to generate transport infrastructure and policy.


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More electric buses for Luxembourg


Public transport operator Sales-Lentz in Luxembourg has ordered four Volvo 7900 Electric buses. The buses will operate in the city of Differdange. Traffic start is planned for the second quarter of 2017.


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Solaris to supply 99 HVO buses to Oslo


Solaris, the biggest Polish bus manufacturer, has won contracts with two public transport operators in Oslo to supply a total of 99 Urbino buses. All buses will run on latest generation biofuel - Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO). 


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French coach operator first in its sector to accept payments in bitcoins


Coach users now have the possibility to pay for their journeys using virtual money when travelling in France with coach operator Isilines. Isilines, a division of Transdev, has been accepting payments in bitcoins since the beginning of August.


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Cleaner urban transport with hydrogen buses


Fuel-cell buses are an attractive solution for public transport – they can travel long, cost-effective shifts before being refuelled quickly at bus depots, yet are quiet and produce no carbon or particulate emissions, minimising their environmental and health impacts.


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China’s Elevated Transit Bus on the road for its first test


The world’s first elevated transit bus was tested in the Chinese city of Qinhuangdao in Hebei province. The 2m-high and 22m-long bus runs on electricity and can carry up to 300 passengers while cars can drive underneath it.


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American Bus Association awards efforts that promote women in coach industry


American Bus Association’s Women in Buses Award recognises those individuals or companies that can demonstrate having impacted the advancement and the promotion of women in the coach industry.


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 "Towards a sustainable bus & coach future"


25 - 27 October 2016

Moscow, Russia



1 - 3 November

Birmingham, UK

 "Bus & Coach – A Smart Transportation System for India" 


10 - 12 November 2016

Bangalore, India



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