Future development

Developing tomorrow's transport solutions today

Growing populations and further urbanization put increasing demands on sustainable and efficient urban transport solutions. The solutions must address traffic safety and reduce congestion and emissions. We are actively participating in the development of future transport solutions.

Future transport solutions

Efficient transport systems are crucial to economic and societal development. We actively participate in discussing and promoting future transport development and policy-making in various worldwide forums. 

The future transport infrastructure for both goods and public transports have to be more efficient in terms of, for example, increased utilization; which is a priority for the Volvo Group.

Three examples of how the Volvo Group is contributing to future transport solutions are Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), Green Corridors and the development of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS).

Growing populations and increased urbanization increase demands on sustainable and efficient urban transport solutions.

Leading in BRT – efficient bus concept for growing cities

Public transport plays a decisive role in solving congestion and air pollution in major cities and it also contributes to quality of life for people residing in urban areas. BRT is a highly efficient public transport concept designed to meet growing transport demands in cities around the world. The key elements of BRT are:

  • High-capacity buses
  • Exclusive bus and/or freight transport lanes
  • Off-board ticketing
  • Level boarding
  • Priority at intersections
  • Traffic control
  • Passenger information

BRT is a solution offered by Volvo Buses that was specifically developed for Latin America. Volvo Buses was a partner in the first BRT system in the world in Curitiba, Brazil in the late 1970s.

We have supplied more buses for BRT systems than any other supplier. Cities in which we work on BRT systems include:

  • Bogotá in Colombia
  • Mexico City in Mexico
  • Gothenburg in Sweden
  • York in Great Britain.

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Intelligent Transport Systems contribute to efficiency

Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) is a concept that will ultimately contribute to the more efficient use of infrastructure and transport solutions. ITS is an area experiencing rapid growth. The combination of new technology with advanced IT and communication technology offers major opportunities to reduce congestion and environmental impact and to increase safety by offering real-time traffic information, remote monitoring, and communication between transport vehicles and the infrastructure.

Green Corridors for efficient transportation

The aim of Green Corridors is to enhance the efficiency and safety of highways through specially adapted transport stretches for heavy duty traffic, while also reducing the environmental impact. This is done by concentrating goods traffic to efficient highways, sea routes and railways that complement one another.

Did you know?

Volvo Buses was a partner in the first BRT system in the world in Curitiba, Brazil in the late 1970s.