An Israeli startup with expertise in AI technology is set to help the UK public transport system improve its efficiency.

Looking to advance their mobility fleet, the UK’s biggest bus, coach and tram operator, Stagecoach, is partnering with Israeli startup Optibus to help support the challenges in travel post COVID-19, bringing the UK a more reliable transport network and reduction in CO2 emissions.

Carla Stockton-Jones, UK Managing Director for Stagecoach, said: “With our 40-year history of delivering innovation, it is crucial that we continue embracing the latest technology to provide the best services for our customers and to help attract new customers.”

Tech website, Geektime, says the Optibus software is used in over 450 cities globally and uses AI, advanced algorithms, and cloud computing to deliver smarter timetables and networks, offering customers attractive frequencies and reliability, and reduce CO2 emissions with more effective transport planning.

Optibus CEO Amos Haggiag said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with Britain’s biggest bus operator to power a pandemic recovery that puts passenger needs at the forefront while transitioning to a zero-emission fleet – helping us all to breathe easier.”

From scheduling to providing vehicle operators with alternative routes, the Optibus cloud native SaaS platform shows immediate impact, and according to the company, aims to “put the customer first”. In addition, the Israeli software will assist Stagecoach with the roll out of its new electric vehicles more quickly and effectively. Last year, Stagecoach introduced Manchester’s first fleet of electric double-decker buses, and is targeting a zero-emissions bus fleet by 2035.

“We are confident that as we come out of the pandemic, this new technology will help us to plan the bus networks of the future and ensure that buses continue to play a key role in the country’s recovery,” added Stockton-Jones.

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