26 Jan 2020


The capital of Chile, Santiago, is renewing its bus fleet and focusses on improving safety. Subus, one of the largest operators in Santiago’s urban mass transit system, is there for receiving 120 new Volvo buses that are equipped with the Safety Zones system that uses connectivity via GPS to automatically reduce speed in critical areas.

The Volvo's in Chile feature the Volvo automatic speed control system, a device that uses connectivity by GPS to identify critical stretches, with high accident rates, and limit the maximum speed regardless of the driver’s actions. The system is now for over a year in use in Curitiba (Brazil), where BRT bus collisions were reduced with 50%, this technology has now become a factory standard in all of the brand’s heavy-duty vehicles in the Latin American continent. The Volvo B8R chassis with Marcopolo body, is equipped with electronic disk brake system, electronic suspension, the Volvo Fleet Management system and I-Coaching (virtual driver instructor). The engine is Euro 6 compliant. "Santiago is in a valley surrounded by mountains. The city has a major focus on reducing emissions, due to the topographic difficulty in dispersing particulate matter in the air", comments Alexandre Selski, Volvo Buses strategic sales director in Latin America.

Santiago’s current fleet exists of 6,700 buses. The new deliveries are all to Subus, one of the city’s largest operators, with a fleet of over 1,300 vehicles. Santiago as capital and largest city of Chile own a well structured public transportation solution. The Metropolitan Mobility Network (RED - Rede Metropolitana de Mobilidade – former Transantiago) integrates buses, subways and trains. The system carries close to 6.2 million users every day.

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