Fremont, California (EastBayDaily) — Aimed to cut fuel consumption and reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, electric buses running in downtown and suburban areas in Japan are installed with NEXCOM in-vehicle computers. Saddled with rising greenhouse gas emissions and high fuel costs, some prefectural governments view electric buses as an eco-friendly means of public transportation that eases local traffic and economy woes.
Electric buses rely on pre-charged batteries to shuttle back and forth throughout the day. With less energy used, the longer the buses can continue service making efficient energy usage – one of the most important subjects in electric bus applications. The use of computer technology greatly improves and optimizes energy usage, allowing real-time closed-loop control and monitoring of battery life and engine functionality, environmental control equipment and other onboard audio and video devices.
The VTC 7110 and VTC 1000, NEXCOM’s in-vehicle computers, feature CAN bus protocol support, 3G connection, GPS tracking and navigation and powerful graphics capability. Integrated with Aptpod's telematics software, the VTC 7110 and VTC 1000 are powerful in-vehicle computing solutions selected by Tokyo R&D to achieve the goal of providing a safe, reliable, enjoyable, and green transit service for its newly developed large and middle-sized electric buses.
When electric buses are in transit, the VTC 1000 collects data from hundreds of sensors every few milliseconds (ms) and interprets the data into driving speed, bus location, battery discharge rate, battery energy level, etc. The in-vehicle computer stores the interpreted data and sends it to a cloud server over the air. All the vehicle data are accessible from anywhere, anytime with a web browser and internet connection.
For buses with passenger information display systems, the VTC 7110 keep passengers informed of their whereabouts, estimated arrival time at the next stop, nearby shops and point of interest that are all shown via Google Mapâ¢. Passengers are also made aware of the amount of CO2 reduced by taking electric buses.
In Okinawa, the traffic in the south continues to build up as the tourism industry steadily grows, which is a major contributing factor to greenhouse gas emission. Similarly, Tokunoshima's vehicle per capita is so high as to not only raise environmental concerns, but also negatively affects the local economy because fuel is more expensive on outlying islands than on mainland Japan. Meanwhile, Akita is seeking a greener alternative to help locals comfortably commute between suburbs even in cold snowy winters.
Driven by one reason or another, these prefectural governments all take the same approach to improve their situations, putting electric buses on the road.
About NEXCOM: NEXCOM International Co., LTD., an ISO-9001-certified company and a member of PICMG, PCI-SIG, and the Intel® Embedded Alliance, is at the forefront of the competition by offering OEM, ODM and OBM designs for products such as innovative blade servers; network security appliances; industrial and embedded PC products such as single board computers, embedded boards and systems; CompactPCI CPU boards; industrial-grade server boards; and customized platforms. Established in 1992, NEXCOM has won several patents, awards, certifications for its high-quality products and service that meet international standards and worldwide customers' requirements. To serve its worldwide customers, NEXCOM, headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, has seven subsidiaries located in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, China, Japan as well as distributors in the other parts of the world. For more information, please visit http://www.nexcom.com.
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