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01/28/2020

 


  Prevost Revolutionizes Motorcoach Driver Visibility with eMirrors


Prevost introduces the first electronic side mirror system in the North American motorcoach industry - eMirrors, revolutionizing driver visibility for added confidence and safety.

 From Prevost:

Prevost introduces the first electronic side mirror system in the North American motorcoach industry - eMirrors, revolutionizing driver visibility for added confidence and safety. With cameras and screens instead of traditional mirrors, eMirrors offer a significantly larger field of view eliminating side-by-side blind spots  -  in addition to dramatically improving visibility in nighttime, inclement weather conditions and challenging lighting.

Officially exempt from 49 CFR 393.80(a) [Docket No. FMCSA - 2019 - 0159] by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) as of January 15, 2020, Prevost eMirror, powered by Smart-Vision from Vision Systems North America, Inc. will be available on custom orders for early adopters starting mid-2020, with wider availability in 2021.

"eMirrors will revolutionize coach driving. The increased visibility in almost any condition is a major advancement and our testing shows an increase in fuel efficiency caused by aerodynamic improvement." said François Tremblay, Prevost Vice President/General Manager. "At Prevost, we focus on innovations that bring long term value and peace of mind for our operators."

In addition to the driver confidence and safety advantages, there are also strong business benefits for owners and operators by eliminating traditional mirrors. Internal Prevost testing estimates a 3% fuel economy savings through improved aerodynamics. Plus, there's no worry about costly repair and downtime expenditures caused by damage to the external mirrors in tight situations.

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Versions of this particular electronic eMirror system have been utilized worldwide since 2017, installed on 1,500+ vehicles and driven more than three million miles so both operators and drivers can be confident in the system. In addition, Prevost has been developing and testing eMirrors since 2018 over thousands of miles to ensure the system is optimized for Prevost coaches in the North American environment.

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  How 3 transportation trends shaped last decade, will affect the next


Transportation systems and the technologies behind them are constantly evolving, and information about these changes and trends is both readily available and in abundance.


   From Metro:

Transportation systems and the technologies behind them are constantly evolving, and information about these changes and trends is both readily available and in abundance. This is because the needs and behaviors of passengers are changing, there are many new players in the shifting mobility landscape, and there are new ecological, economical and geographical challenges cities must face as they morph into their future, smarter selves.

Which trends did we see taking over the industry in the 2010s - and how can transportation providers prepare for these new mobility norms in 2020 and the years to come? We've broken down three of the most important concepts and explained what puts them at the forefront of tomorrow's (and today's) mobility in this week's blog post.

1. Electrification
2. Mobility as a Service (MaaS)
3. Autonomous Vehicles

The advent of driverless or autonomous vehicles (AV) raises questions of funding, safety, ownership, and how public transportation as an institution will ultimately change as a result of this new technology. As private companies continue to research, test and invest in AVs, the effect these vehicles will have on normal mobility operation.......... READ MORE  >


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  Maine Bill Seeks to Transition State to Electric School


   From School Bus Fleet:

AUGUSTA, Maine - A bill here seeks to facilitate the transition of all of Maine's public school buses to electric school buses beginning this year.

L.D. No. 1894, sponsored by Sen. Eloise Vitelli, would set a goal for the Maine Department of Education (DOE) to make the transition by 2040; develop rules governing electric bus bids, specifications, and charging stations, as well as a maintenance training program; and begin the process this year. The bill requires the DOE to put aside a percentage of available resources for "small" electric school buses "with a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,000 pounds or less, as replacements in or additions to the school bus fleet in the 2020 request for proposals."

Kelli Deveaux, the director of communications for the Maine DOE, told School Bus Fleet that the agency and administration "supports the concept and vision of and encourages the initial conversations about the bill."

Pat Hinckley, the facilities, safety and transportation administrator for the DOE, was among more than a dozen people who submitted testimony for a hearing on the bill on Jan. 15. In her testimony, Hinckley stated that the agency has concerns with L.D. No. 1894 as it is currently written. The concerns, Hinckley stated, are related to an....

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A bill here seeks to facilitate the transition of all of Maine's public school buses to electric school buses beginning this year.

L.D. No. 1894 would require the Maine Department of Education to transition of all of the state’s public school buses to electric. Shown here is one of Chico (Calif.) Unified School District's Blue Bird Electric Vision school buses. File photo courtesy Blue Bird



 

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