Bus Uncle creator, Abhilash Murthy, tells Asian Buses writer Farezza Hanum Rashid how he humanised a chatbot with humour.
Waiting for the bus in Singapore is not dull when you have a sarcastic but friendly “uncle” who not only instantly tells you when your bus will arrive, but tells you jokes via text messages while you wait.
From October 20-25 2017, representatives of the international bus industry will meet up at the Busworld fair in Kortrijk, Belgium. The first 24-meter EXQUI.CITY to be configured as an IMC® electric bus will be on show on the booth of Belgian manufacturer Van Hool (booth 601 in hall 2).
MAN Truck and Bus (M) Sdn Bhd (MAN) announced today it has started providing mobile service workshops to customers - where MAN brings the workshop to the customer’s doorsteps instead of requiring customers to bring their vehicles to the standard workshops for service and maintenance.
Shell Lubricants Malaysia has recently launched a network of Shell Rimula-branded commercial vehicle workshops. The Shell Rimula Express network provides commercial vehicle workshop owners the opportunity to collaborate with Shell, world’s leading lubricant brand for the past 10 consecutive years.
Through this network, workshop owners will receive support from Shell Lubricants Malaysia to further grow their business. Some of these include exclusive branding that enhances market presence and customer confidence, marketing package and technical support. FULL LIST HERE:
Four of the world’s largest bus and engine manufacturers have committed today to make it easier for major cities to purchase buses equipped with low emissions technologies, in order to tackle climate change and toxic air pollution. BYD, Cummins, Scania and Volvo Buses will ensure ‘soot-free’ engine technology is available for purchase in 20 megacities beginning in 2018. The manufacturers will each release through their websites a full product portfolio available in each city and will begin publicly reporting the number of soot-free buses sold in each year.
The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) has appointed Qamar Wan Noor as its new Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective September 5, 2017.
A magna cum laude in Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York in 1990, Qamar began her career with Shell in 1990. In her 26-year long career with Shell, she held many positions including senior management roles in Malaysia, Asia Pacific and the Middle East. She led the Marketing Supply and Distribution teams in ensuring safe and efficient asset utilisation in terminals, land and marine logistics in both Oman and UAE, and later in Malaysia and Singapore.
Founded in 1958, Hengst Filtration has a long-standing history of success as a leading developer and manufacturer for filtration, fluid management systems, crankcase ventilations and cylinder head covers. With the history of almost half a century, Hengst has developed more than 2,500 filter products for the Independent After-Market (IAM), which specifically catered for automobiles, commercial vehicles and industrial applications of all manufacturers worldwide. Today, Hengst aims to extend its market share in Malaysia with the latest Blue.maxx modular system, a ground-breaking solution for diesel fuel filtration.
At the recent UITP Global Public Transport Summit held in Montreal, Canada, the Saudi Arabian bus operator SAPTCO (Saudi Public Transport Company) and the French public transport company RATP Dev (Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens) signed a contract for 242 MAN Lion’s City M city buses. Scheduled for delivery in 2018, these will be the first MAN buses on the roads of the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh. MAN Truck and Bus' official partner in Saudi Arabia, Haji Husein Alireza & Co Ltd (HHA) managed the entire tender process and will work closely with the customer ensuring the highest standards in quality and safety are met.
Michelin Malaysia has launched its ‘Tyres Are Not Bananas” educational campaign to focus emphasis on tyre quality and care instead of preoccupation with the date of manufacture of the product as numerous research had proven that performance was not solely based on the age of a tyre.
Using bananas and its limited shelf life and freshness as an example, Michelin aims to educate motorists that the countdown on the life of the tyre began with the date of fitment and dedication to regular tyre care rather than an overemphasis on the date of manufacture.
Biodiesel is one of the viable substitute for diesel, but implementation comes at a price. Alternative fuel or green fuel has been a hot discussion topic for some time, especially for fleet owners, small businesses and owners alike. It is a viable solution which is proving to be cost effective due to long term savings, plus it is much greener than the regular diesel. It is widely used in countries like Norway, Sweden and Germany, where diesel has been replaced with alternatives such as biodiesel, electricity, ethanol, hydrogen, natural gas and propane.