Dave Evans, Chief Technologist of Cisco's IBSG Innovations Practice, discussed Cisco's Connected Bus, a key part of the company's green strategy.
What is The Connected Bus?
The Connected Bus is an important element in urban transportation. It is a pilot project that began in 2007 as part of the Connected Urban Development program at Cisco. Today, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation
Agency (SFMTA) and Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group are working together in designing, developing, and
delivering The Connected Bus for the City and County of San Francisco.
Why Was The Connected Bus Created?
Connected Bus was created to encourage SFMTA customers in San Francisco to use Muni by improving the quality of their ride.
A better ride includes having a reliable and safe ride, spending less time in traffic, being exposed to
fewer carbon emissions, and having access to timely route information.
The Connected Bus was showcased at Connected Urban Development Global Conference 2008 in
San Francisco, February 20—21, 2008
The Connected Bus supports SFMTA's Transit Effectiveness Project, which was developed to review, evaluate and make recommendations on the existing Muni system. Making Muni more reliable is a primary goal of the project.
What Are the Special Technology Features of The Connected Bus?
The Connected Bus uses advanced Internet technology to enhance your
ride, making this hybrid bus uniquely different from the rest.
Touch screens: provide real-time NextMuni information and wait times
Free, Wireless Internet access: lets you contact friends and family from your laptop or mobile device
External LEDs: tell motorists and pedestrians about the environmental benefits of the bus
Take a YouTube video tour with Dave Evans, Chief Technologist of Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG), as he provides an overview of the technology features on The Connected Bus. Watch YouTube video