Two buses with the NONVIS system are on the move in San Sebastián
Working with the European project EBSF 2 (European Bus System of the Future 2), which is designing the bus of the future, Ceit-IK4 has launched a pilot project that will be tested for three months in several Dbus buses. The pilot project is testing the NOVIS system, which is designed to facilitate efficient driving. The system uses a haptic device to communicate with the driver of the vehicle, meaning that a mechanism uses sensor signals to let drivers know whether they are driving efficiently.
The efficient driving system that Dbus vehicles are currently using consists of a tablet that gives information to the driver. But with the NONVIS system, which Ceit-IK4 developed in conjunction with Dbus and DATIK, an IRIZAR group company, bus drivers receive a slight vibration through their seat if their driving has stopped being efficient, and if their driving is sufficiently efficient, a tone sounds. This helps reduce the risk of drivers being distracted and looking away from the steering wheel.
The EBSF 2 European project has 42 partners, and it is going to be pilot tested in 12 cities: San Sebastián, Paris, London, Lyon, Barcelona, Helsinki, Madrid, Dresden, Ravenna, Gothenburg and Stuttgart. This innovative project, financed by the European Commission within its Horizon 2020 program, aims to improve efficiency and increase the appeal of the bus as a means of public transport by designing a new generation of buses that responds to the needs of the future.
In San Sebastián, the project will have three axes, one of which is the NONIVS system. The two other technological innovations that are part of NONVIS are the development of an intelligent device that optimizes fleet maintenance tasks and the study of a new electrical bus design that improves accessibility for passengers with reduced mobility.
The consumption data and the messages that the NONVIS system sends to the driver will be collected for a period of three months. These results will be evaluated by Sapienza University of Rome. Dbus drivers will also be given a satisfaction survey in order to know their opinions regarding the system's usability and utility.