Below are some examples of how the Living Lab Bus is being used in testing and developing new solutions.
Monitoring transport infrastructure health
The Finnish Transport Agency and VTT have installed a system in a bus to monitor the health index of bridges along the bus route. The system analyzes the vibration and response of the bridges to, over time, detect characteristic changes for optimizing maintenance work based on need. The project is carried out in close cooperation with Yamaguchi University and Kozo Keikaku Engineering Inc. from Japan.
Better (road) weather predictions
Foreca uses the Living Lab Bus for developing new solutions for measuring and predicting weather and road weather based on mobile (as in moving) sensor data.
Collecting passenger feedback
Swiss Innovation Lab is testing their customer feedback solution to both get feedback on the system’s features and use as well as allowing it to be used as one channel to collect input from passengers about various other aspects.
Mobile sensor platform for urban air quality
Using Vaisala’s sensor hardware installed on top of a bus, EEE Innovations collects information about emissions and air quality along the bus route.
Foreca has tested a sensor package installed outside of the electric bus to capture various measurements of not only the road and weather but also air quality.
Optimization of driving behaviour
EEE Innovations is developing and implementing tools for managing the public transport system as a whole by optimizing driving based on e.g. speed, schedule, energy consumption and passenger comfort of individual vehicles as well as the fleet as a whole (e.g. avoiding queueing and avoiding needless accelerations). The solution utilizes data from the vehicle CAN bus.
Passenger views on localized advertising
An Aalto student group collected feedback on how passengers perceived localized advertisement. Screens in the buses informed ab out a couple small specialized shops along the bus route and the passengers were asked how they feel about such information.
Road slipperiness detection
The CAN bus data available from the vehicles is used by EEE Innovations for detecting road slipperiness without the need of additional sensors installments.