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Voith introduces SensoTop technology for transit buses in North America

ABR Staff Writer Published 16 May 2012

Voith has introduced its patented SensoTop technology for heavy-duty transit buses into the North American market, which the company says will optimize bus transmission gear-shifting to reduce fuel consumption.

Based on Voith's DIWA transmission system, SensoTop is equipped with an additional inclination sensor which will automatically adapt gear-shifts based on topography of the bus route.

DIWA sales manager Brian Sharp said SensoTop will save transit systems money through improved fuel efficiency while making their buses more environmentally-friendly.

"We look forward to working with our customers to implement this technology on municipal transit buses across North America," Sharp said.

Voith said SensoTop automatically adapts the gear-shifts of the DIWA transmission to the prevailing topography and load conditions in order to achieve maximum fuel efficiency.

SensoTop will adjust the gear-shifts according to the driver's power need during driving on ascending routes, while it will achieve minimum engine speed on descending routes.

SesonTop, which has been approved for use with clean diesel engines and does not infringe on EPA emission standards, is currently being tested in a number of North American cities, including Portland, Oregon and Minneapolis, Minnesota.