Renewing the bus fleet to make it safer and more sustainable

A total of 105 new buses are currently being put into service, over a period running from December through to March. The renewal of the fleet includes a driver-assistance system to prevent accidents and protect others, particularly pedestrians and cyclists, as well as a more sustainable and accessible design.

05/03/2020 16:44 h

Ajuntament de Barcelona

Some 16% of the city’s buses, 184 vehicles in all, already feature the accident-prevention system, which anticipates the vehicle’s surroundings in real time and warns the driver of any risks.

How does the driver-assistance safety system work?

  • Machine vision cameras (three or five, depending on the vehicle model) analyse the area around the bus.
  • If there is a risk of a collision, warning lights and sounds are activated.
  • Data is processed and the points in the city where the risk is highest are identified. This database will help with the planning of future action in public space.

Accessibility improvements

  • Two reserved areas on either side of the aisle to help wheelchairs and pushchairs manoeuvre.
  • Side rail with adjustable safety straps.
  • Ramp the same width as the doorway.

Towards a totally sustainable fleet

Some 34% of city buses, 386 vehicles in all, have an environmental badge and run on electricity or are hybrids. The goal is for the entire fleet to consist of these types of vehicles by 2024, with the exception of minibuses, for which there is currently no competitive electric alternative.


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