Innovation & Technology
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...
Taking a ride on Slide - a new option

Taking a ride on Slide – a new option

RATP Dev’s pioneering app-based ‘Slide Bristol’ travel solution is an attractive new option   A The Slide app is very easy to use   By Robert Jack Is this public transport’s answer to Uber? August saw the launch in Bristol of ‘Slide’, a new app-based shared ride service developed by French group RATP Dev. It...
The fascinating concept with a terrible name

The fascinating concept with a terrible name

Transport Systems Catapult held a conference last week in Birmingham on the game-changing ‘Mobility as a Service’ concept. But what exactly is it?   Could new ‘Mobility as a Service’ providers enjoy a healthy symbiotic relationship with public transport?   By ROBERT JACK So what exactly is ‘Mobility as a Service?’” asked Alex Warner. I...
‘Data will be at heart of transport’s future’

‘Data will be at heart of transport’s future’

How Ipswich-based ITO World is using its expertise in data management and visualisation to help make cities smarter and transport more intelligent   ITO World’s award-winning visualisation capabilities allow transport professionals to see and intuitively explore complex data from multiple sources   There’s been an explosion of big data and open data in transport and...
Reading seeks greater bus design innovation

Reading seeks greater bus design innovation

Council-owned operator sets out a demanding specification that aims to stimulate new innovations from manufacturers and evolve vehicle design   Reading Buses has ordered Wrightbus StreetDecks for its 2016 vehicle intake   Council-owned bus operator Reading Buses has revealed how it intends to challenge the bus manufacturing community over the next three years with a...
Emerging technologies - friend or foe?

Emerging technologies – friend or foe?

The view at this month’s IT-TRANS show was that app-based mobility will bring huge changes, but public transport will remain the backbone in cities   Left to right: Timothy Papandreou, Martin Röhrleef and Scott Cain is Chief Business Officer of the UK’s Future Cities Catapult   Emerging technologies like app-based mobility and autonomous vehicles look...
‘Summer of Smart’ will take Scotland forward

‘Summer of Smart’ will take Scotland forward

This summer will see major progress towards the Scottish Government’s vision for delivering smart, integrated ticketing, and there’s more to come   Derek Mackay and Cathy Craig at Glasgow Central   Smartcard technology will be live across every ScotRail route by the end of this summer in the biggest ever expansion of smart electronic ticketing...
Transdev Blazefield links with app developer

Transdev Blazefield links with app developer

Transdev Blazefield has announced a strategic partnership with app developer Find My Bus   Joel Kidd (left) founder of Find My Bus with Transdev Blazefield’s Alex Hornby   It is almost nine years since Apple launched the first generation iPhone, starting a revolution in not only the way people communicate, but work, shop and play...