* Germany - Mercedes-Benz Travego now with Active Brake Assist 2
(Photo: Travego Brake Assist 2)
Stuttgart,Germany -Busworld (Belgium) -16 April 2012 : -- Mercedes-Benz is now launching the second generation of Active Brake Assist in their flagship Travego. The new generation of the award-winning Active Brake Assist – also known as the advanced emergency braking system and the winner of numerous awards – can now detect stationary obstacles. Until now, following a series of warnings of increasing severity and a lack of reaction on the part of the driver, the safety system always automatically initiated a full application of the brakes in the case of an acute risk of collision with a slower-moving vehicle ahead...
* USA - New Voith technology to improve fuel economy on city transit buses
(Photo: Voith Diwa transmission)
San Diego,CAL,USA -Busworld (Belgium) -19 May 2012: -- Voith has introduced its patented SensoTop technology for heavy-duty transit buses into the North American market. SensoTop is designed to optimize bus transmission gear-shifting to reduce fuel consumption, saving transit systems money and further advancing Voith's strong commitment to environmental sustainability. Last year, Voith opened a hybrid power-train development center near San Diego which will further develop Voith's innovative hybrid diesel/electric power-train drive systems for transit buses...
* UK - Formula One Flywheel to be trialled on London buses
(Image: WHP Flywheel hybrid 2012)
London,EN,UK -Busworld (Belgium) -1 May 2012: -- A fuel saving device developed for Formula One is to be fitted to six prototype buses. The Go-Ahead Group and Williams Hybrid Power, a subsidiary of Williams Grand Prix Engineering, have teamed up to develop a flywheel energy storage application for use in buses... Go-Ahead and Williams Hybrid Power have agreed to co-develop and
co-produce six prototype buses with a retrofitted hybrid flywheel
system, providing electro-mechanical energy to drive the bus and deliver
substantial improvements in fuel economy and reductions in CO2
* Japan - Panasonic new millimeter-wave radar technology to detect pedrestrians and vehicles in low visibility conditions
(Image: Panasonic Radar)
Osaka,Japan -Busworld (Belgium) -30 April 2012: -- Panasonic Corporation announced it has developed an advanced radar technology for next-generation traffic safety systems that enables to detect humans and vehicles in a range of several tens of meters. This millimeter-wave radar technology allows for detecting objects outdoors in poor visibility conditions, such as night, rain and snow, as well as against the sunlight. When applied in traffic surveillance sensors located at intersections, this innovative technology will help increase automotive safety by detecting pedestrians and bicycles hidden in the driver's blind spots...
* China - Dongfeng Yangtse Bus releases first zinc-air battery buses
Wuhan,China -Busworld (Belgium) -17 April 2012: -- China's first Zinc-Air battery bus was recently shown on the Chinese new energy auto show and has passed through the national test and state acceptance. These buses are co-developed by Yangtze Bus and one new energy technology company in Wuhan. The first buses will be on the road in Wuhan later this year. These experiments are initiated in this city, because the Zinc-air batteries are manufactured by a local company...
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