What is geofencing?

Geofencing is the use of location-based navigation technology, such as GPS, to create virtual geographic borders and define specific actions to take place at or within those borders.

Transit systems can define geofenced sections within the transit route map, specifying where hybrid electric buses operate as electric vehicles and where they operate as standard diesel hybrids. For example, near schools, tourist destinations, or environmental justice areas, the transit systems can define a geofence for emissions-free electric vehicle operation; once the bus has traveled through the geofenced area, the diesel engines automatically restarts in order to recharge the electric batteries.

As cities grow, their air pollution, noise pollution, and traffic challenges grow, too. Transit system growth helps to offset traffic and replacing diesel buses with both hybrid electric and all-electric buses helps to offset pollution. All-electric buses aren't practical in all transit systems, so maximizing the benefits of hybrid electric bus technology can be a wise strategy; geofencing helps transit systems deliver on that strategy.

Geofencing has applications outside of hybrid electric buses; this capability offers the same benefits for marine, rail, and ride-share/taxi transportation systems as well.

 


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