Motorcoach

MCI debuts new fleet monitoring technology

Posted on May 23, 2011

[IMAGE]MCI-Commuter-Coach-2011-May-23-2011-2.jpg[/IMAGE]Motor Coach Industries (MCI) officially debuted the ACTIA Smart Power Multiplex System to on its 2011 MCI Commuter Coach at the American Public Transportation Association’s 2011 Bus & Paratransit Conference May 22 to 25 in Memphis, Tenn.

The ACTIA Multiplex system is now standard on all new MCI D-Series models equipped with 2010 engine technology.

[IMAGE]MCI-ACTIA-Dash-May-23-2011-2.jpg[/IMAGE]State-of-the-art smart, the ACTIA Multiplex system is fourth-generation technology.

“There’s less complexity and more capabilities to maximize a coach’s performance over its entire lifetime,” said Ibrahem Abdalla, MCI electrical project engineer, whose team conducted the four-year research and development project to adapt the U.S. developed and produced technology already proven on American military vehicles.


“For example, ACTIA’s Power Management Module uses four modules, as opposed to the current MUX systems that use up to 13 modules," he added. "Its super-fast microprocessor speeds real-time data and includes more memory capacity for future expansion. Operators may also customize some functions to gain additional coach-related data.”

MCI D-Series models also feature a reconfigured, drive-centric dash to accommodate the new system. Updated with backlit multiplexed rocker switches and illuminated gauges, the dash offers drivers easy interfacing.  A new speedometer includes ACTIA’s message center with access to real-time information including trip mileage; warnings on functions ranging from fast idle to brake pad checks and powertrain fault codes. 

The ACTIA system also features a touchscreen LCD Diagnostic Display provides technicians with single-point access to inputs and outputs throughout the entire coach, making it simple to understand coach electrical information, powertrain fault codes and more.

“The system is designed to take more of the troubleshooting burden off the technician,” said Abdalla. “And, there are telemetric applications that allow operators with larger fleets to manage coaches remotely.”

ACTIA, based in Elkhart, Ind., is a supplier of vehicle electronics and diagnostic manufacturing.

MCI has already begun to deliver coaches featuring the new system. The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) took delivery of 18 new MCI Commuter Coaches featuring ACTIA Multiplexing at the beginning of the year and is now operating them 14 hours a day on Maryland’s ICC, an 18.8-mile toll road linking Montgomery County to Prince George’s County.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

UMA unveils revised website

The goal with its new site is to provide a more functional and interactive place for members and the general public to learn about the motorcoach industry and have access to resources.

ABA sets date for first Capitol Hill Fly-In

The May 4th event will provide ABA members an opportunity to meet with their elected legislative officials and staff and discuss the important issues facing the motorcoach, travel and tourism industries today.

MCI delivers 4 J4500s to Dallas operator

The move marks a first in coaches for AJL International Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation, which enhances its 20-year highly successful business in corporate ground transportation.

FMCSA seeks input on state annual inspection programs for motorcoaches, passenger vans

Plans to assess the risks associated with improperly maintained or inspected passenger-carrying CMVs by reviewing the effectiveness of existing federal inspection standards that are applicable and considering the costs and benefits of having a mandatory inspection.

Motorcoach sales up in 4th quarter of 2015, according to ABA Foundation

Altogether in 2015, there were 1,599 private sector and 542 public sector sales as compared to 1,411 private sector and 355 public sector sales in 2014.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close