Various improvements will lead to a cheaper and more energy efficient system.

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Research continues on at Ceit-Ik4. Researchers in the Applied Mechanics Department have begun working on the EBSF_2 (European Bus System of the Future 2) project. The objective of this project is to improve public transport in Europe by implementing technological innovations in city buses. Work will be carried out in eleven European cities (Madrid, Barcelona, San Sebastián, Paris, London, Helsinki, Dresden, Ravenna, Gothenburg, Stuttgart and Lyon).

Ceit-IK4 researcher Angel Suescun will lead the portion of the project that will be carried out in San Sebastián in collaboration with DBUS, the company that provides municipal bus service in San Sebastián, and the companies IRIZAR, DATIK and DIGIMOBEE. The pilot study in San Sebastián will analyse the advantages of three technological innovations: driver assistance for more environmentally friendly driving, support for fleet maintenance tasks, and designs for the interior of future vehicles.

The main aim of these improvements is to usher in a system of more energy efficient city buses and to demonstrate that the innovations also lead to a reduction in costs, all while providing better service to riders.

The project, which is being led by the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), is funded by the European Commission through the Horizonte 2020 programme and has a budget of 11 million euros. The research will take place over a period of 36 months and be carried out by 42 institutions (4 bus manufacturers, 11 component suppliers, 4 public transport authorities, 6 public transport operators, 7 universities and research centres, 7 consultancies and 5 public associations).

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