Management & Operations

N.Y. hybrid fleet undergoes performance testing

Posted on May 24, 2007

The New York-based Rochester Institute of Technology's Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies (CIMS) and the Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority are collaborating on a joint research project designed to implement state-of-the-art vehicle monitoring technology into public transit fleets.

 

CIMS is currently testing a prototype system on a Rochester city bus and will look to implement the system for use in the authority's new fleet of diesel-electric hybrid buses.

 

A package of sensors is integrated into the bus's system to assess the performance of key vehicle components and alert operators and maintenance personnel when there is a problem. The system also utilizes a Web-based common operational picture to allow managers to view real-time bus health and location and assist the fleet in increasing energy efficiency.

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