The E-Bus Competence Center (EBCC) was created in Luxembourg in 2016 by Volvo Bus Corporation. It supports Volvo electric bus system deployments in Europe and functions as an R&D centre with the main focus on the innovative services in the fields of cooperative intelligent transportation systems and electromobility. EBCC conducts research exploring how connectivity, data and automation can make public transport more attractive. It is also responsible for development and deployment of zone management systems dedicated to Volvo electric-hybrid buses.
Research is carried out in collaboration with Volvo Technology center. EBCC works together with academic network of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) and several EUs public transport operators. R&D activities are led by Dr. Marcin Seredynski. Currently EBCC is engaged in three research projects co-financed by Luxembourg National Research Found (FNR). The projects explore benefits of data, connectivity and cooperation for the next generation public transport systems:
- Dynamic Zero Emission Bus Corridor Management (AIR) researches how to best use intelligent transportation systems to improve the performance of plug-in electric-hybrid buses ( https://www.fnr.lu/projects/dynamic-zero-emission-bus-corridor-management/ )
- Electrified Cooperative Bus System (eCoBus) exploits the potentials of cooperative driver advisory systems to meet the requirements of the next generation electrified public transport systems. ( https://www.fnr.lu/projects/electrified-cooperative-bus-system/ )
- HyBrid bUs geoSpatial Data and Network Analysis (BusDNA) aims at designing and validating new methods allowing understanding, predicting and improving performance of electrified buses in reference to specific operational conditions.( http://www.fnr.lu/projects/hybrid-bus-geospatial-data-and-network-analysis/ )
- E-Bus will be responsible for identifying the obstacles, challenges and opportunities CAVs represent for BPS persons. Enhanced mobility perspectives offered by CAVs will be discussed as well as their subsequent direct and indirect impact during specific focus groups (FG) held in 4 EU member countries (1 per country). National reports will be drafted and compiled into a European one thus feeding the whole data collection and comparison process implemented in the framework of the PAsCAL project.
- Based on the needs and information collected, prioritised and compiled in the reports aforementioned, E-Bus will draft recommendations with a view to providing policy-makers with clear and fit-for-purpose guidance on how to make CAVs accessible also to BPS potential drivers while also contributing the BPS near-CAV pedestrians’ perspectives.
- Collecting feedback on blind and partially-sighted passengers’ acceptance and attitude towards high-capacity autonomous buses in public transport operations.
- Finally, E-Bus will disseminate the project’s progress and outcomes though the following modern, accessible and diversified information and awareness–raising channels: E-Bus website , E-Bus monthly newsletter (in English), E-Bus quarterly publication Focus (already available in English, French, German, Spanish and soon also in Serbian and Turkish), E-Bus podcast on Accessible Technologies ( E-Bus Access Cast ), Facebook and Twitter accounts and events (e.g. E-Bus 2019 General Assembly in Rome).
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