By 2050, around 65% of the global population will live in cities. A growing group of urban citizens poses a big challenge for already congested and densely populated urban areas. The best solution to the growing demand of mobility in densely populated areas is public transport as it offers the most efficient travel in terms of urban space and energy consumption per traveler.
In spite of genuine innovations in the field of bus manufacturing over the recent years, user acceptance of bus transport has not duly changed. Furthermore, the economic situation today calls for further development of selected research areas to make bus systems more attractive for passengers and, at the same time, more efficient and economical to operate.
In the frames of the EBSF_2 project, innovative solutions for urban and suburban bus systems are tested and evaluated in order to improve the efficiency of operations and the image of the bus. By involving 12 demonstration sites with more than 500 vehicles, the project intends to validate in real operational scenarios the potential impact of technological innovations – almost ready for application – and develop efficient answers to both citizens and bus stakeholders’ needs.