VAB’s long-distance bus ITCS – real-time information in long-distance bus travel

Verkehrsautomatisierung Berlin has been closely involved in the long-distance bus travel market since it was liberalised in 2013. With enactment of Regulation (EU) No. 181/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 February 2011 on the rights of passengers in bus and coach transport and amending Regulation No. 2006/2004 with effect from 1 March 2013, the collection of real-time data on the transportation processes of companies providing long-distance bus travel has become significantly more important.

Verkehrsautomatisierung Berlin has taken on the specific requirements of long-distance bus travel and offers long-distance bus travel ITCS on the basis of the VABnet product.

Features of VAB’s long-distance bus travel ITCS

  • Transparent and immediately available driver and run identification by registration process at the driver terminal
  • Vehicle-autonomous timetable situation information for the driver and the passengers
  • Automatised message exchange between dispatcher and driver
  • Congestion bypass by dynamic route navigation taking traffic information into account
  • Dynamic and highly accurate prognoses of arrival times at stations en route and at the central bus station
  • Europa-wide, routing tailored to bus traffic with regard to clearance heights, weight and transit bans
  • Support for dispatcher in the OCC with provision of tabular and graphic representation of state of operations
  • Vehicle representation on the digital map in the OCC and on the monitor in the vehicle
  • Support of internal connection guarantee
  • Integrated central bus station real-time data hub


  • Voice integration including individual call, group call between drivers and OCC
  • Connection guarantee to external transportation providers
  • Use of SIRI standard interfaces
  • Extensive reporting and operating statistics
  • Provision of a smartphone app for passenger information