Advantech's Driving Safety Solution Enables the Intelligent Implementation of Intelligent Buses
By Pei-Chun Liao with images provided by AdvantechInterview with Van Lin, Director of Intelligent Logistics
Intelligent bus systems are critical to developing Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems. However, from a management and maintenance perspective, previous stand-alone systems have become a burden for bus operators. New-generation Intelligent bus systems emphasize integration and flexibility. Using an expandable hardware platform, bus operators can integrate established systems in stages to develop a unified hardware system and provide the public with a truly smart and safe travel experience.
Challenges of Independent Management, Maintenance, and Data Integration
First, repeated investment in hardware increases the aggregated yearly cost of procurement and maintenance in comparison with purchasing all system components at once. Second, because most of these systems are closed frameworks, data cannot be exchanged or integrated and backend management systems would require multiple independent interfaces to accommodate the different systems installed on the bus. Furthermore, because closed platforms lack SDK support, it can be difficult for bus operators to develop their own software applications. Finally, some systems requiring real-time data transmission will have SIM cards installed in the mainframe to enable data transmission via 3G/4G, meaning that two new systems would incur twice the communication cost.
Integrated In-vehicle Computer with Driving Safety Software as a Solution
Although MRT systems are being developed in many countries, BRT systems have comparatively lower costs and shorter development times, and these factors have allowed market demand for the BRT system to gradually grow. Van hopes that, in addition to its MRT systems, Taiwan may utilize some of these resources to plan a complete, comprehensive, and visionary intelligent bus grid and use Taiwan’s success as a blueprint for other countries.