GERMANY: Daimler Buses has announced a strategic partnership with technology company IVU Traffic Technologies to develop ‘integrated mobility solutions for the public transport of tomorrow’.

As part of this, Daimler Buses has acquired a 5·25% stake in Berlin-based IVU from the Gerlind & Ernst Denert-Stiftung foundation established by IVU’s previous CEO, Ernst Denert.

Announcing the partnership on February 27, Daimler Buses said public transport was undergoing a ‘radical transformation’. The company had identified increased connectivity, electric power and digital services as three factors that it expects will have a significant impact going ‘far beyond the vehicle itself and the traditional IT transport system’.

‘Through the co-operation with IVU, we are positioning ourselves even stronger as an integrated system provider for public transport’, said Till Oberwörder, Head of Daimler Buses and Chief Executive of EvoBus.

IVU CEO Martin Müller-Elschner said the IVU.suite was one of the leading resource planning and fleet management platforms. He anticipated that the partnership with Daimler Buses would create synergies for development and strengthen the company’s position in the international market.