ÉXITO DEL ASISTENTE DE GIRO EN LOS BUSES MERCEDES-BENZ Y SETRA

Redacción Colombiabus – Daimler Buses

UN SISTEMA QUE ESPERAMOS VER PRONTO EN LATINOAMÉRICA

Daimler Buses con sus marcas Mercedes-Benz y Setra tiene muy claro que la protección y seguridad de los usuarios de la vida, es fundamental. Es por eso que la marca de servicios Omniplus ofrece Sideguard Assist como una solución de actualización, que en Alemania se han instalado más de 250 sistemas en autobuses Mercedes-Benz y Setra para mejorar la conducción en los grandes autobuses, donde las maniobras de giro a la derecha en el tráfico citadino, se encuentran entre las tareas más difíciles para los conductores de buses.

No solo deben observar los semáforos, las señales, el tráfico que se aproxima y el que cruza al mismo tiempo, sino que también deben vigilar a los peatones y ciclistas. Al girar, Sideguard Assist advierte al conductor del autobús de objetos en movimiento en el lado de la puerta, protegiendo a los peatones y ciclistas en particular. En el corazón del sistema hay un sensor de radar de corto alcance que se instala directamente detrás del eje delantero y supervisa una zona de hasta tres metros de ancho junto al autobús.

Cuando el vehículo está detenido, el sistema de asistencia cubre una longitud de ocho metros, y en movimiento, incluso una distancia de doce metros, incluyendo una franja lateral en la parte delantera del vehículo. De esta forma, se cubre toda la zona donde los ciclistas y peatones corren peligro cuando el autobús comienza a girar. El sensor de radar monitorea varios objetos estacionarios y en movimiento simultáneamente.

El Sideguard Assist modernizado funciona hasta una velocidad de 30 km/h y opera en múltiples etapas: si un objeto en movimiento se encuentra en la zona monitoreada a lo largo del costado del autobús, el conductor es informado visualmente en una fracción de segundo. Una lámpara LED amarilla se enciende a la altura de los ojos en el pilar A del lado de la puerta. Dirige intuitivamente la atención del conductor a la situación junto a su vehículo. Si se activa la señal de giro para girar a la derecha, la lámpara LED se enciende en rojo y se emite un tono de advertencia. Sideguard Assist se activa automáticamente cuando se conecta el encendido y no se puede desactivar.

Nachrüstung Abbiege-Assistent Retrofit Solution Side guard Assist

Su tecnología de radar no se ve afectada por factores ambientales como la lluvia, la niebla, la nieve, los reflejos de la luz o la suciedad, a diferencia de otras tecnologías, funcionando día y noche con componentes confiables y duraderos. Sideguard Assist está disponible para todos los autobuses articulados y solitarios de Mercedes-Benz (excepto minibuses) y Setra con bus CAN e interfaz para Sistemas de Gestión de Flota (FMS). Esto incluye todos los modelos actuales y predecesores que se remontan al menos a 2010, otro detalle importante es que al ser un sistema que supera creces los requisitos legales, también puede optar a subvenciones en algunos mercados. De este modo, la seguridad al girar nunca ha sido tan atractiva.

AUSTRALIANA VOLGREN PRESENTA EL NUEVO AUDACE 1050 PARA CARRETERA

Redacción Colombiabus – Australasian Bus & Coach

LOS PRIMEROS BUSES ESTÁN CARROZADOS SOBRE VOLVO B8R

La australiana Volgren, que desde 2012 tiene a Marcopolo como su principal accionista y localizada en los suburbios de Melbourne, ha presentado una nueva serie de autobuses para el mercado local, bajo la denominación Audace 1050, orientado a transporte escolar, empresarial, de alquiler y rutas de carretera.

El nuevo autobús está disponible en versiones de 57 asientos fijos o 53 sillas reclinables, y podrán pedirse en Australia desde febrero de 2021. Ambos modelos podrán configurarse con diferentes opciones para que los operadores logren diferenciarlos como sanitario, elevadores para personas en condición de movilidad reducida y otras características, que marcan una evolución desde su lanzamiento en el país, por primera vez desde 2013.

«Los cambios realizados son principalmente mejoras de carrocería y nuevos detalles de diseño, que también buscan darle una mejor capacidad para transportar pasajeros en rutas más largas con mayor comodidad. Estos nuevos elementos incorporados, son resultado de la retroalimentación que han brindado los operadores, unidos a la necesidad de aplicar mejora continua en diseño e ingeniería, con el respaldo de Marcopolo, el mayor constructor de carrocerías del mundo».

Fiel a su tradición, pues hay que recordar que Volgren inició operaciones como distribuidor de Volvo en Australia y luego ensamblador de los chasies en los años setenta, los dos primeros Audace 1050 están carrozados sobre la plataforma B8R Euro 5 4X2, con transmisión automática ZF. Para la posventa, contarán con el soporte del carrocero australiano en los estados de Victoria, Nueva Gales del Sur, Queensland y Australia Occidental. Los transportadores del país, podrán esperar con el nuevo modelo, el mismo respaldo que siempre han tenido con el autobús urbano Optimus.

Quiksilver Cruises, operador de la costa australiana ha sido el primero en incorporar los nuevos Audace 1050 en uno de los parajes más pintorescos de Australia, al recorrer rutas costeras. Aunque, su recorrido sinuoso y montañoso, exige la seguridad de los autobuses y la comodidad de los pasajeros. «El Audace ha tenido un buen desempeño con numerosos elogios de pasajeros y conductores por su comodidad y manejo. El consumo de combustible, el servicio y la asistencia postventa han sido consistentemente buenos.» Declaró Ben Tozer, Gerente de Operaciones de la empresa transportadora.

AGRALE LAUNCHES THE MA27.0 FRONT ENGINE ARTICULATED BUS IN ARGENTINA

Colombiabus Newsroom – Agrale Argentina S.A.

TODOBUS BUILT THE PROTOTYPE MODEL

Despite the pandemic, the Argentine subsidiary of the Brazilian manufacturer Agrale continues to advance in the development of passenger buses, highly oriented towards urban mobility. Not only do they finalize details of the long-awaited electric MA17 whose powertrain is being developed in England, but now add a new variant for operators who need large capacity vehicles in cities, with its front-engined MA27.0 chassis.

The chassis of the presentation has been bodied by the constructor TodoBus, located southwest of Buenos Aires, on a platform length of 18 meters, a gross vehicle weight of 27 tons and with the capacity to transport up to 143 passengers, of which 49 they can travel seated. The MA27.0 with front engine is part of the more than ten developments conceived by the Argentine engineering team, in about 15 years of Agrale’s presence in the country.

The chassis is powered by a Cummins Euro V diesel engine of the ISB family, with 6.7 liters of displacement and 290HP of power, which reaches the wheels thanks to the fully automatic transmission provided by Allison of the Torqmatic family suitable for vehicles with weight. 29,000kg gross vehicle. The joint (sanfona) is imported from Germany by Hübner, the suspension is pneumatic for maximum smoothness and absorption capacity of the irregularities of the roads in the cities, and with its electronic control it can also be adjusted. The TodoBus bodywork includes ramps and accessibility devices for those with reduced mobility conditions.

Agrale hopes to maintain its commitment to developing models that guarantee productivity, efficiency and friendly transport for Latin American cities.

TRANSDEV SIGNS AN AGREEMENT FOR E-BUSES IN COLOMBIA FOR 874 MILLION EUROS

Colombiabus Newsroom – Transdev France

THE FRENCH ARE EXPANDING IN LATIN AMERICA

The French multinational mobility company Transdev, through its Colombian subsidiary, holds 50% of the shareholding who was awarded the provision and operation of 406 electric buses in Bogotá, for functional units 6 and 17 in the town of Fontibón. Through the contract signed with Transmilenio that amounts to 874 million euros. This contract is an important step in a large-scale development of the European company to make a transition to electric and sustainable fleets.

Transdev’s participation in Colombia is not new, since it has a 20-year presence in Bogotá together with its Colombian partner Fanalca in TransMilenio, the BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) system that mobilizes the most people in the world, the French company expects to have operational the largest electric bus fleet in Latin America, with 406 electric buses with BYD chassis, whose bodies will be assembled in Colombia by Superpolo.

The fleet of electric buses will be made up of a combination of 272 9-meter local buses and 134 12-meter zonal buses respectively. The buses will serve the zonal component of Transmilenio along 15 routes in the town of Fontibón. In this area of ​​the city, Transdev and Fanalca will jointly build the largest electrical installation in South America. It will be a bus station of more than 40,000 m² where it will be possible to park, maintain and load all the vehicles covered by the contract.

“With this huge electric bus contract in Bogotá, Transdev is fulfilling its ambition to transition its bus fleets to zero emissions in Colombia and globally. We are proud to continue serving Bogotá where we have been successfully operating much of the TransMilenio with our BRT systems. I am convinced that, for large urban areas, there is no way to avoid the mass deployment of sustainable mobility solutions, including biofuels, electric batteries and, ultimately, hydrogen electric fleets and fuel cells,” Thierry Mallet, President and CEO of Transdev Group.

These new e-buses, which will replace a 20-year-old traditional public transport diesel fleet, will greatly reduce polluting emissions from public transport, improve local air quality, and optimize Colombia’s overall capacity to cope with the transition of energy towards other modes of transport. By the end of 2020, Transdev and Fanalca were operating some 660 articulated and bi-articulated buses for the trunk component of Transmilenio and additionally, the 163 cabins of the acclaimed TransMiCable urban cable system. With this new contract, by the end of 2021, Transdev and Fanalca will jointly operate 1,067 buses in Bogotá, reinforcing an operation that the previous year generated total sales of 95 million euros and employed a workforce of 2,750 people.

VOLVO BUSES STARTS TESTING THE 7900 ELECTRIC IN MEXICO CITY

Colombiabus Newsroom – William Marroquín

THE BUS WILL TEST ON LINE 4 OF THE METROBÚS SYSTEM

All city governments seek solutions to the challenges that arise due to climate change and passenger transport is in the eye of the hurricane, since a lot is required of this activity as it must offer sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions. If we talk about Mexico City, the challenge is bigger, since it is the fifth most populated city in the world, with about 22 million inhabitants.

To respond to these challenges, Volvo has arrived in the Mexican metropolis with an innovative solution that is faithful to the premises of every bus of the Swedish brand, such as respect for the environment, quality and safety. That is why a 12-meter Volvo 7900 electric bus has been brought to Mexico City, which has begun tests on Metrobús Line 4, the BRT transport system of the huge Latin American city.

Line 4 of the Mexico City bus system is a line that is characterized by light and open stations, which by having to cross through the Historic Center respect its urban environment. It should be noted that in this line the first hybrid buses were released in Mexico, which began their operation in April 2012, with 54 vehicles of the Volvo 7700 model, which stood out for their low floor and a very low consumption diesel engine combined with a generator electric that delivered minimal noise and emissions. The line has connected important points such as Buenavista, Zócalo, Alameda Central, La Merced, the TAPO Bus Terminal and the International Airport.

The 7900 bus is capable of transporting up to 95 passengers (sitting and standing), it has a recharging system through CCS-type connectors to replenish power at night, when the operation ends and the bus is at its terminal. It delivers 330Kw of power, the rear axle is provided by ZF and to ensure occupant safety it has disc brakes, ABS, EBS, ASR traction control, hill start assist, ESP stability program and can also include the telematics systems solutions such as the Safe Zones package.

In this way, Volvo Buses hopes to continue with electromobility projects in cities and have a new success story, in this case in Latin American cities. With this commitment, Volvo frames the launch of its electric bus under the #CiudadCero concept, with which it seeks to promote the transition towards levels of zero traffic, zero accidents, zero noise and zero emissions.