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02/18/2020

 


  Prevost Launches Driver Assist Electronics Suite for Peace-of-Mind
 

 

Prevost has launched the most advanced driver safety assistance suite in the motorcoach industry, Prevost Driver Assist™. The electronic system works with the driver to mitigate challenging situations, including lane departure and potential frontal incidents. Its heads-up display is the industry's first.

 
 From Prevost:

Prevost has launched the most advanced driver safety assistance suite in the motorcoach industry, Prevost Driver Assist™. The electronic system works with the driver to mitigate challenging situations, including lane departure and potential frontal incidents. Its heads-up display is the industry's first.

The system includes adaptive cruise control with braking, following distance alerts  -  both available since 2011 as Prevost Aware  -  and adds frontal collision mitigation, stationary vehicle braking, lane departure warning and a dash integrated heads-up display.

Prevost Driver Assist is available as an option on all 2021 models and can be retrofit on coaches with ABS8 - back to model year 2018.

"Along with our operators, we are totally engaged in improving the safety of every Prevost motorcoach ride," said François Tremblay, Prevost Vice President/General Manager. "We know that drivers are at the center of safety, so we integrated Prevost Driver Assist to do just that  -  help drivers before intervening. Drivers have told us this gives them a real peace-of-mind and confidence."

"As an example of that approach, Prevost Driver Assist is based on a series of escalations. In the event of a situation, the driver first receives a subtle alert. If the situation continues, the alert becomes more urgent with a louder sound and brighter visual warnings. If the driver still has not alleviated the situation, then Prevost Driver Assist intervenes. It's a true joint effort between the skilled driver and the vehicle."

Prevost Driver Assist Components

Prevost Driver Assist fully integrates radar, camera, braking and driver communications technologies for motorcoach applications, offering:

* Frontal Collision Mitigation
* Stationary Vehicle Braking
* Lane Departure Warning
* Adaptive Cruise Control with Braking
* Following Distance Alerts

Prevost Driver Assist also fully integrates with the coach's standard anti-lock braking and stability control programs. The data from these technologies all work together, constantly gathering and sharing information and then acting when needed.

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  UMA President Tetschner to leave post in March

   From Metro:

President/CEO Stacy Tetschner will leave the United Motorcoach Association on March 6, 2020, to become the president/CEO of the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA).

Joining UMA as Interim President/CEO is Larry Killingsworth, an industry veteran who has extensive success working with motorcoach operators and manufacturers in the U.S. and Canada for more than 15 years. Under direction of the UMA Executive Committee, he will lead the search for a permanent president/CEO, which is expected to take six to nine months.

UMA initiatives that that were announced UMA Motorcoach EXPO in Nashville, Tenn include, the 2nd annual Sales Summit, to be held in Savannah, Ga. June 9th - 11th, the Industry Legislative Fly-In April 28th - 29th, and the launch of the UMA Bus & Motorcoach Education Foundation, which gives access to a LinkedIn learning portal to all members.

"Stacy's leadership has enhanced the programs, benefits and offerings that UMA brings to its membership and the industry as a whole," UMA Board Chairman Jeff Polzien stated. "He has helped move UMA forward and we wish him the best in his new role."

Polzien went on to state that the UMA Executive Committee is enthusiastic about "Killingsworth's strong industry leadership........READ MORE  >


President/CEO Stacy Tetschner will leave the United Motorcoach Association on March 6, 2020, to become the president/CEO of the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA).



 

  Iowa District to Settle School Bus Fire Lawsuit for $4.8M


   From School Bus Fleet:

OAKLAND, Iowa - A school district here has agreed to a $4.8 million settlement with the family of a student who died in a 2017 school bus fire that also killed the bus driver, ABC News reports.

As School Bus Fleet previously reported, the fire occurred on Dec. 12, 2017 when 74-year-old bus driver Donald Hendricks turned from a rural gravel road onto a driveway to pick up 16-year-old Megan Klindt at the farm where she lived in a rural area near the small town of Oakland.

According to a preliminary report released by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in January 2018, as Hendricks reversed out the driveway, the bus's rear wheels dropped into a 3-foot-deep ditch. While he attempted to drive the bus out of the ditch, a fire began in the engine compartment and spread throughout the school bus.

As previously reported, Klindt's family sued for negligence and wrongful death in 2018. The family said that the district knew Hendricks was not medically fit and still allowed him to drive the bus, according to ABC News. The trial in the lawsuit was scheduled to start on March 3 in Pottawattamie County District Court.

 
A school district here has agreed to a $4.8 million settlement with the family of a student who died in a 2017 school bus fire that also killed the bus driver, ABC News reports.
 

Riverside Community School District has agreed to a $4.8 million settlement with the family of a student who died in a 2017 school bus fire. Photo courtesy Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office

The NTSB's final report, released last June, determined that the probable cause of the fire was due to Hendricks' failure to maintain control of the bus and failure of Riverside Community School District to provide adequate oversight by allowing a driver with a known physical impairment to operate a school bus. The agency's report also included several safety recommendations, including one to require states to adopt mandatory physical performance testing for all bus drivers and another to require fire suppression systems on all school buses.

Tim Mitchell, the superintendent for Riverside Community School District, released a statement on Jan. 24 about reaching a settlement with the Klindt family.  Mitchell said in the statement that "The parties recognize that no amount of money can represent this loss. However, the district's sincere hope is that resolving this matter will assist the family and community in............READ MORE  >

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