India's Evolving Transportation

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    New swanky AC Mercedes Benz BEST bus to ply on city roads in Mumbai.


    Mumbai: Commuters in Mumbai can now ride on a Mercedes Benz bus on the regular BEST ticket for a month on a trial basis.The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) on Wednesday launched the swanky AC Mercedes Benz BEST bus to ply on city roads. The fares would be similar to the existing AC buses.

    "We want to provide Merc luxury at the cost of the existing AC bus ticket. It is like a free ride offered to a buyer by the car company so that the commuter can get a feel of it," BEST General Manager, O P Gupta said.

    The manufacturer had shown interest in entering the Indian market and to offer more choices to the commuters, Gupta said.


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    BMTC's cool Internet service-ICE on Wheels lets you browse the Web on route to airport

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    NET GAINS:The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation will operate 200 such buses to Bengaluru International Airport once the project is completed.

    BANGALORE: Passengers travelling to the Bengaluru International Airport from ITPL will soon find they never have to go ‘offline'. The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation's Vayu Vajra bus service, which ferries people to the airport and back, is soon set to provide entertainment and Internet consoles attached to the back of every seat.

    The initiative called, ICE (Information, Communication and Entertainment) on Wheels, was launched by Transport Minister R. Ashok who inaugurated the first bus outside the Vidhana Soudha here on Thursday.
    The BMTC will soon float tenders to initiate this project. Mr. Ashok said that 200 such buses would ply to the airport once the project was completed. Notably, passengers will not be charged extra for these services.

    Customer response

    This bus will ply between ITPL and the airport for about a month to gauge passenger response. Besides browsing the Internet, software packages will enable passengers to easily keep track of flight information, book tickets and even do an online check-in during their commute. Integrating such ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) and PTS (Passenger Information System) will increase passenger comfort and get more people to switch to public transport, BMTC officials said.

    How does it work?

    A majority of the seats on the Vayu Vajra bus will be fitted with a seven-inch touch-screen at the back, except for those right at the back. This tablet-like PC, developed by Bangalore-based tech firm EAFT Technologies for this pilot project, will allow you to browse the Internet while on the move by connecting to a Wi-Fi network through central servers remotely controlled by the firm. It also offers a wide range of software applications to engage commuters on their long commute. These include popular applications such as daily horoscope, live stock exchange news and weather information.

    Jai Shiv, Director, EAFT Technologies, said: “People who travel to the airport spend close to an hour in the bus. Why not provide them with entertainment and access to information while they are commuting?” The firm has developed more than 70 applications that are bundled with these devices.


    The system will deliver information, communication, and entertainment (ICE) services to passengers through a 7-inch touch screen in front of their seats. The system, dubbed as ‘ICE on Wheels’ will also offer services such as bus service information, and flight information.

    Inaugurating the pilot project on Thursday, Transport and Home Minister R Ashoka said that other applications will soon be made available such as live stock updates, news reports, flight e-check-in, and horoscopes. “In my knowledge, this is the first such system anywhere in the world,” he added.

    The service will be offered free of cost to passengers. “We will not be spending any money on installation of these systems on BMTC buses,” said Ashoka. EAFT Technologies, who have designed the systems, will generate revenue by displaying advertisements on the touch screen. “Not only will BMTC be spending money, but they will also earn a cut of the revenue earned through advertisements,” Ashoka added.

    Initially, the pilot project will be tried out on three Volvo buses. After the trial run, the systems will be gradually introduced in almost 200 Volvo buses plying to the airport and Electronic City. A proposal to install the system on Karnataka State Transport Corporation (KSRTC) buses is also being explored.

    Ashoka claimed that the addition of ‘ICE on Wheels’ will enhance BMTC’s reputation as one of the premier bus services in the world. “Foreigners who have come to India have praised the Vayu Vajra service as one of the best services that they have come across,” he said.

    http://www.deccanherald.com/content/106546/vayu-vajra-goes-high-tech.html

    http://www.hindu.com/2010/10/22/stories/2010102254040200.htm
     
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    The Messiah Bow Before Me! Elite Member

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    Its useless imo.

    waste of money
     
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    New low floor buses in Delhi

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    TATA CNG Hybird Buses-New Delhi
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    What cities need is not fancy buses but metro rail and monorail networks.
     
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    Yes importance should be given to rail but we need bus service too.
     
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    Welcome for Everyone's various views/Aspirations on Transportation However the thread is primarily intend to cast the changes happening in everyday life on various attributes of Road Transportation,changing scenarios in Indian roads in various cities/towns Etc. :emot158:.
     
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    Mumbai's new BEST buses

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    New KSRTC JNNURM volvo buses plying in Trivandrum

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    Road-width isn't keeping up, Government isn't going to break down posh buildings to broaden roads.
     
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    RAM The southern Man Senior Member

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    In fact Andhrapradesh or Hyderabad/chennai or Tamilnadu or karnataka fare much better compared to my Home state kerala where Road transportation is a real agony to drive through,congested roads,overdue National Higways widening projects,(cost overruns-project delays),land acquisition issues all contribute in making things more complicated.
     
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    If you want the best example of how adding more buses isn't going to solve the urban transport crisis, look no further than Pune. Good private infrastructure, but extremely narrow roads for the traffic, civic infrastructure is down the dumps. With an extremely strong real-estate lobby that's protecting all the tons of shopping complexes it built danger-close to roads in the last decade, the municipal corporation won't dare to broaden roads at their cost. Wherever possible, there are narrow 2-lane flyovers. That city needs a metro-rail with a lot of underground lines asap.
     
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    Metro may be a choice to pune ,but Tier2 cities like Trivandrum,calicut cant contemplate Metro as the feasilibilty of Metro depends on Huge financial implications against a moderate ridership and a sedentary decision making Govt .so the final call for common man/daily commuters is KSRTC buses only:happy_2:..atleast for the time being.
     
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    Bangalore's new hi-tech driving test


    Bangalore: A man in uniform shouts in Kannada, "fail maadi!"The recipient of the news looks dejected. He knows he accelerated too heavily when he was trying to make his way up a slope. He was hoping nobody had noticed the car rolling back. Sensors beeped his mistakes out loud and clear. Big fat "F".

    Set up on 1.2 acres, off the Mysore Road, this is the country's first automated track in Bangalore. It's currently in pilot project mode. Drivers who want licenses are randomly selected for it. A computer monitors and times the entire test, including reversing, kerb parking, and uphill driving. Rs. 50 and six minutes later, the test is complete. Drivers are then taken onto a regular street -the current laws don't allow for that part to be done away with.

    23-year-old Sameer, a car mechanic, aced the automated track test. That's cause for celebration. As also the fact that he didn't have to bribe anyone to get his license. ''My friends too had come this morning to take the test. But they saw this slope and ran away!'' he says. Officials say the digital test is a bonus for them too. ''No madam, no chance for bribery. The computer captures and shows if a driver drove well or not. There is no room for argument because the examiner is a machine, not a man,'' says K P Gangadhar Acharya, Motor Vehicle Inspector


    So far, about twenty of these automated track tests are conducted every day. "No politician can push their candidate. The test is so transparent,'' says Bhaskar Rao, Transport Commissioner of Karnataka.


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    Learning driving through a simulator


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    The night is dark and a light drizzle keeps visibility low. As D.Sujithra slowly releases the clutch and accelerates, she rams into a speed-breaker. She makes a mental note to look out for the signboard next time. Taking a bend at the next intersection, she swerves and hits a car.The screen goes back to the ‘Main menu'. All of that was happening inside a computer screen and she was sitting inside a driving simulator. She takes driving lessons at ABT Maruti Driving School in Arumbakkam and a significant part of the mandatory 21 hours of driving experience happens on a simulator.


    Driver behaviour is an important facet which has to be addressed in order to tackle road accidents, which have been increasing by four per cent every year. Simulators can play a significant role in this regard.

    U. Kanakarajhan, an instructor at the centre, says that one can get a driving licence knowing just 40 per cent of the material in the prescribed driving manual. “I have seen many licence holders come back to relearn because they do not have the confidence to drive. A simulator can give them experience without the risk,” he adds.


    According to him, it is easier to teach people to drive a car using a simulator, especially if they have never ridden a two-wheeler before. “They have better clutch control, braking judgment and steering control before they get into the car,” Mr. Kanakarajhan says.

    Skill training on a simulator involves various aspects like parking, overtaking, changing of lanes, negotiating intersections and traffic roundabouts, and so on.
    It also covers risk awareness situations like a pedestrian suddenly crossing the road, a car suddenly backing off from the parking lot and wrongful overtaking.
    “A mistake can be costly in a real world situation. Whereas, on a simulator, you just do the exercise again,” says M.K.Subramanian, secretary of the Automobile Association of South India (AASI). The AASI will be inaugurating a simulator at its premises on Anna Salai on Friday and it will be open for use by its members.
    “On a simulator, a learner is given the chance to evaluate himself because mistakes flash on the screen,” he adds.

    According to him, AASI will soon be buying field vision testers, reaction time tester equipment and peripheral vision testers to push government agencies towards scientific means of testing a candidate.

    However, A.Veeraraghavan, Transportation Engineering Professor at IIT-Madras, says that the road is the only test track that can realistically quantify one's skill. “On a simulator, the autorickshaw which takes a sudden U-turn is not there. A simulator can only gauge reaction time. Other behavioural aspects cannot be quantified. After a few minutes, they will know they are sitting in a comfortable chair. It will become a videogame.”

    According to him, the long-term strategy would be for the government to get out of testing and evolve a public private partnership model which will enable accredited agencies to certify a candidate's road worthiness. “The government can issue the licence and act as a facilitator,” he adds.

    Transport Commissioner M.Rajaram, who has test driven a simulator, said that the module is extremely sensitive and might not be able to exactly replicate on-the-road driving experience. Since it is a technical matter, he said that the department will think about introducing simulators in select RTOs after consulting with experts.


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    At last we are making a great progress in the field of transpotation . Our babus are doing something good for the people and they addressing the need of a common man and his transportation. This will also increase the income of the individual states.:emot112:
     
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    Delhi to have ultra modern city bus service

    Delhi government has approved a cluster plan, modelled on the lines of services in cities like London and Paris to roll out new fleet of buses


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    From Nov 22, ride Radio Tuk-Tuk

    GURGAON: Come November 22 and Gurgaon will have its own fleet of radio-autos, also known as Radio Tuk-Tuk. These autos all red in colour will be available at your doorstep from 6.30 am till as late as 11.30 pm and will be just a call away. These autos will be equipped with safety measures like Global Positioning System (GPS), a panic button for the commuters and a current immobilizer (to disconnect the electrical circuit in case of a CNG fire). The new autos will also have the facility of a mobile charger at no additional cost for the convenience of the commuters.

    The rates have been fixed at Rs 50 for the first three kilometers and then Rs eight for every subsequent kilometer, explained Sulabh Mehra, head (operations), Radio Tuk-Tuk. Our target is that the autos reach the caller within a maximum time of 20 minutes, taking into regards the traffic congestion on city roads. We also plan to cater to places as far as the Sohna Road for commuters comfort, he added. The plying hours have been matched according to the Metro service so that the early birds as well as those working late can also avail of the facility.

    Public transport has always been of maximum concern, specially making it inconvenient for the elderly and women in the city. We hope this facility will be a solution to these problems. We have put up banners/posters across the city and have already started receiving calls from customers who are curious to know from when this door-to-door facility will be made available, asserted Mehra. Commuters will have to call the helpline number to book an auto. After this, a GPS alert will be sent to the auto that is nearest to the callers residence. The GPS will ensure that the drivers dont take the commuters for a ride.

    The GPS has a battery back-up of six hours and even if its disconnected, the auto can be tracked in case of an emergency. The company is also checking the credibility of the drivers and conducting police verification to ensure that the safety of the commuters is not compromised with. We are still hiring drivers and they will be paid a fixed salary. This will not only ensure commuter safety but it will also prevent auto drivers from misguiding passengers by charging more, added Mehra.

    We have also devised a method wherein commuters can give their feedback at our website; this will be put up inside every auto so that they can write back their experience/grievance for our better functioning. However, these autos have permit for only within Gurgaon and will not take passengers to Delhi/NCR, clarified Mehra.

    Read more: From Nov 22, ride Radio Tuk-Tuk - The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...Tuk-Tuk/articleshow/6872680.cms#ixzz14WRjTocm
     

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