To encourage passengers back onboard buses, Tasmanian bus operator Tassielink Transit has taken delivery of its first new generation bus from Scania, featuring an Advanced Driver Assistance System.
The safety system uses radar to detect the presence of vulnerable road users like cyclists, and alerts the driver to their precedes – especially beneficial in busy urban areas.
Fitted with lane departure warning alarms, the new bus also features air purification technology and increased fire suppression abilities.
“The new bus really does feature all the latest safety systems,” Tassielink Transit managing director Shane Dewberry said.
“For our drivers, the new generation Scania dashboard provides increased visibility, and air vents keep them cooled or warm independent from passengers.
“Drivers will feel more confident behind the wheel, and passengers will get a smoother ride thanks to the new chassis layout.
“I am very comfortable with the products we have invested in. I am a supporter of any technology that enhances the positive experience passengers can have on our buses.”
In an Australian-first, the Active Air Purification system eliminates 99 per cent of germs, microbes, viruses and bacteria from the air in the bus while it operates, protecting both drivers and passengers.
The Fogmaker fire suppression system uses high pressure water mist to douse the engine bays in the event something goes wrong; while the seatbelts feature USB chargers and underfloor luggage bins have been installed to accommodate bicycles.
Tassielink is also working with NEC on real time passenger information displays, with Huonville to become the first Tasmanian town to have the display system installed at its bus station.
Using real time data, the NEC technology will provide live on-screen announcement updates to notify local commuters of when their next Tassielink bus is scheduled to arrive.
The newest bus will run from Hobart to Bicheno and Swansea, making the 330 kilometre round trip carrying locals, school children and tourists.