Sharjah public transport gets ten new ‘smart buses’
Bus frequency between Sharjah and other emirates is likely to improve following the launch of 10 new smart buses by the Sharjah Roads and Transport Authority’s (SRTA).
The UAE’s first smart public transport buses join the SRTA’s intercity fleet and will be deployed on various routes to the six other Emirates.
The 48-seater buses are equipped with several smart features such as adaptive cruise control and a lane management system, that will improve efficiency and safety in public transport, said Abdul Aziz Al Jarwan, director of public transport at SRTA.
“This is the first time in the UAE that public transport buses are equipped with such smart features like adaptive cruise control that will help avoid frontal collision through emergency alarm and braking system.
The adaptive cruise control will automatically reduce speed if the driver does not ensure a sufficient gap between the vehicles ahead, and an alarm will go off to alert the driver about the vehicle in front, according to press material released by SRTA.
The buses, which cost AED 1-million each, are also equipped with a lane control system that doesn’t allow the driver to change lanes without indicating.
“These features are usually available on luxury cars, but having it in public transport buses will help improve safety and reduce accidents involving buses. The lane control system will also alert the driver if there are vehicles in the other lanes, ensuring that the driver changes lanes only when it is safe to do so,” said Al Jarwan.
With the addition of the 10 buses, SRTA now operates 112 buses along various urban and intercity routes carrying 20,000 passengers daily.
Yousef Sulaiman Al Hammadi, Director of Purchase and Administrative services at SRTA said the passenger experience would also be enhanced, likening the buses to an airplane.
“The features inside the bus are similar to an aircraft, with smart phone chargers, sockets to charge laptops, reading lights as well as comfortable reclining seats,” he said.
The buses are equipped with eco-friendly Euro 4 engines and four surveillance cameras, a rear view camera as well as fire and smoke detectors.