Innovation & Technology
Leon Daniels: ‘Get ready for a revolution’

Leon Daniels: ‘Get ready for a revolution’

Leon Daniels urges UK Bus Awards audience to embrace innovation and think about the future   Leon Daniels: ‘Everybody wants progress but nobody wants change’   Leon Daniels was thinking about the future when he addressed the UK Bus Awards in London last week. His own future, and the future of the bus industry. Daniels,...
A look at the high tech ticketing of tomorrow

A look at the high tech ticketing of tomorrow

Cubic’s Innovation Centre in central London is the testbed for new technologies that could transform the public transport journey experience   60 people per minute: a visualisation of a ‘gateless gateline’   Identifying yourself by the vein structure in your hand and having cameras track your every move through a railway station – to some...
VAMOOZ rolls out with Reading Buses

VAMOOZ rolls out with Reading Buses

Transdev Blazefield is expanding its VAMOOZ crowd-sources buses brand to the south with a launch of a new licensing deal with Reading Buses   Alex Hornby and Martijn Gilbert alongside the first VAMOOZ-branded vehicle for the Reading Buses fleet   Transdev Blazefield has announced an expansion of VAMOOZ, its crowd-sourced bus service brand, with a...
First partners to launch autonomous pod trials

First partners to launch autonomous pod trials

Group partners with California’s GoMentum Station   First has been investigating autonomous vehicles since late last year   FirstGroup has signed an agreement with GoMentum Station, a California-based proving ground, to carry out research into shared autonomous vehicles. GoMentum Station in Concord, California, is a 2,000-hectare test facility where the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA)...
Sn-ap seeks shake-up of intercity travel

Sn-ap seeks shake-up of intercity travel

Sn-ap chief executive Thomas Ableman is aiming to transform the perception of coaches by creating an Airbnb of intercity travel   Sn-ap launched services between Nottingham and London last October   By Andrew Garnett Two years ago former National Express and then Chiltern Railways executive Thomas Ableman had an idea over dinner. It was an epiphany...
West Midlands aims to become MaaS testbed

West Midlands aims to become MaaS testbed

A trial of the revolutionary ‘Mobility as a Service’ concept will begin in the West Midlands in a few weeks, with the region seeking to become a leader     By Robert Jack Mobility as a Service, MaaS, is heralded as a concept that will propel transport into a new era – and later this...
Citymapper launches ‘Smartbus’ trial route

Citymapper launches ‘Smartbus’ trial route

The journey planning app unleashed three Mercedes-Benz minibuses onto the streets of London last week for a two-day “pop-up” bus service trial   Three new Mercedes-Benz minibuses bristling with the latest software were used for the “pop-up” trial   By Andrew Garnett It was at the ALBUM Conference in 2015 were Stagecoach chairman Sir Brian...
Transdev extends touchless tickets trial

Transdev extends touchless tickets trial

A trial of touchless beacon-based m-ticketing technology has been judged to be such a success that it has been extended for a further three months   Over 1,200 trips have been made using the touchless technology on the space-themed Shuttle 662 route   The West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Transdev subsidiary The Keighley Bus Company...
Arriva joins the race to reinvent the bus

Arriva joins the race to reinvent the bus

The technology at our fingertips is changing how we live our lives and our expectations. A growing number of bus operators are now responding   ArrivaClick offers a new way to get to Kent Science Park   Those attending last month’s UK Bus Summit in London were asked whether they believe that the bus industry...
Innovation is at the heart of our business

Innovation is at the heart of our business

Low emission buses, new app-based mobility solutions and driverless shuttles are just some of the innovations that RATP Dev is delivering   Commuters in Bristol can use the Slide app to book their ride   By Laurence Batlle CEO, RATP Dev As more of us crowd into our already crowded cities, it’s clear the way we...
App aims to create crowdsourced buses

App aims to create crowdsourced buses

Transdev Blazefield is in the process of finalising its new VAMOOZ app that promises to bring the concept of crowdsourcing to the bus industry     Many businesses are turning to alternative means in order to finance business expansion with crowdsourcing amongst the most popular method, but could the trend be about to make its...
First urges bus users to swap cash for mTickets

First urges bus users to swap cash for mTickets

First Bus demonstrates 75% improvement in boarding times if customers switch from cash to mTickets, and seeks to raise awareness of tech options   mTickets are now used to pay for around one million First Bus passenger journeys a week   First Bus has launched one of its biggest ever marketing campaigns to show its...