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Thursday, 28 August 2014 10:56

London buses get high tech

Written by Nick Farrell

Wait 60 years for one innovation and three show up at once

Transport for London (TfL) announced that a new trial will use inductive charging capabilities built into up to four buses operating in east London from next year.

The idea is that the charging technology will reduce running costs and extend the range of diesel electric hybrid double deck buses in the capital.

TfL has a fleet of around 800 hybrid buses, as well as several all-electric buses. The buses involved in the wireless-charging trial will operate on route 69 between Canning Town and Walthamstow bus stations, with onboard batteries receiving a charge boost at bus stands at either end of the route.

TfL also announced that two buses had been installed with free Wi-Fi as part of a trial that could eventually roll out across the bus network. Other technologies being introduced as part of the anniversary celebrations include intelligent seat sensors that can inform passengers when they get on the bus which seats are free.

Nick Farrell

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