New Allison FuelSense Transmission Coming to Blue Bird

Blue Bird said FuelSense, the next generation in fuel savings released this summer by Allison Transmissions, will be a standard offering on all Vision and All American models with Cummins ISB6.7L diesel engines and Allison's 2000 Series transmission.

Standard FuelSense features 5th-Generation Controls, EcoCal and Dynamic Shift Sensing to improve fuel economy by 5- to 15-percent. EcoCal is formerly known as low speed shift schedules and is a defined set of low and "super" low speed shift schedules designed to keep the engine speed at its optimum point. Dynamic Shift Sensing, or LBSSS/ABMS/SESS, automatically selects between EcoCal or a higher-speed shift schedule.

Blue Bird said it is also offering Acceleration Rate Management, a feature of FuelSense Max formerly known as VAC, as standard on its three large bus models. FuelSense Max offers 8- to 20 -percent fuel economy increases by incorporatinng all of the standard features as well as those of FuelSense Plus, which promises fuel economy increases of 6- to 18 percent by adding neutral at stop, or RELS and ECLR.

Blue Bird said more information on FuelSense and its availabilty to customers will be shared at a later day. Allison announced last month that it is also partnering with Thomas Built Buses to offer the standard FuelSense as well as the optional FuelSense Plus and FuelSense Max.

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Transfinder Announces More Record Growth

Transportation software and app company Transfinder said last month that it posted its lateset record revenue numbers following a strong first six months of the year that saw total sales increase by 23 percent year-over-year.

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15th National Congress on School Transportation to Focus on Innovations, Industry Story

School Transportation News caught up with Murrell Martin, state director from Utah and the 2015 National Congress on School Transportation steering committee chair, at the STN EXPO in Reno, Nevada. Murrell shared several items of interest in preparation for NCST in May, including the special committees formed to chronicle industry innovations and tell the story of the yellow school bus.

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What You Really Want

There’s an old saying in the advertising business: When someone goes into a hardware store to buy a shovel, they don’t really want a shovel. What they really want is a hole.

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