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ComfortDelGro buys four buses with collision-prevention system

source: https://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/comfortdelgro-buys-four-buses-collision-prevention-system

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Transport operator ComfortDelGro has bought four Volvo buses fitted with collision warning and automatic emergency braking.

The buses, the first of their kind here, will start plying routes from Sunday as part of ComfortDelGro Bus' unscheduled bus services.

The Volvo B8R 49-seaters are equipped to brake automatically and come to a stop if they ''sense'' a collision is about to take place.

A radar-based sensor and a camera are activated once the bus accelerates past 15kmh. When a potential collision with another vehicle is detected, the system alerts the driver through a blinking red light on the dashboard and a beeping sound.

If the driver still does not respond, the system immediately initiates soft braking before applying full braking power to bring the bus to a complete stop before any collision happens. The system also comes with a lane-keeping assist function that alerts the driver when the bus veers into other lanes.

Such safety systems are increasingly common in passenger cars but are making their way into heavy vehicles now.

Mr Pang Weng Heng, chief executive of ComfortDelGro Bus, said the system is a ''safety enhancement that will help our bus drivers avoid critical situations and accidents''.

ComfortDelGro Bus plans to buy more of such buses over the next two years. Six of its drivers have undergone training to familiarise themselves with the new safety feature.

On the latest purchase, ComfortDel- Gro spokesman Tammy Tan said the features cost $5,000 to $8,000 a bus, or roughly 1 per cent of its cost.

''There are plans to purchase 11 more of such buses over the next two years,'' she added, noting the Volvos are also equipped with reverse proximity sensors and reverse cameras.

ComfortDelGro Bus tested the buses for a month and will deploy them as part of a shuttle service.

Ms Tan said no special skills are required to drive them, but drivers need to familiarise themselves with the system and the alerts.

When asked if it plans to equip public buses with similar features, the Land Transport Authority, which owns all public buses here, said up to 400 of its buses are likely to have some form of collision warning system by 2040.

That is less than 10 per cent of the current fleet of public buses here.

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gonna see more accidents on bus with passengers falling due to sudden braking of bus

 

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Only can safely jiak less than 10% of the buses.  In 2040!

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Anything that can save lives, I support. In Volvo I trust... 

 

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G should not apply ARF on such safety options (collision warning and automated braking) so that it can come standard in more cars.   I find it really useful to have.  You never know when it will save your ass. 

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Even the vehicle is equip with such emergency automatic braking system, but the vehicle still need some time to stop right? Imagine it is a big vehicle and if the vehicle follow too closely the vehicle infront, maybe it might still crush onto the vehicle infront? Lol.

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2 hours ago, RadX said:

gonna see more accidents on bus with passengers falling due to sudden braking of bus

 

more job-related security for u ...🤣

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1 hour ago, 13177 said:

Even the vehicle is equip with such emergency automatic braking system, but the vehicle still need some time to stop right? Imagine it is a big vehicle and if the vehicle follow too closely the vehicle infront, maybe it might still crush onto the vehicle infront? Lol.

The system is a lot more advanced than what you have just described.  The emergency braking is activated after the loud alerts and kicked in only when the system judged that collision is imminent and your foot is not on the brake pedal. 

Agree, the braking can be hard but this is better than a totally unmitigated front end collision.  

These days, such safety features are a must have for me but some system can be a tad sensitive and intrusive, so it don't work for all.

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2 hours ago, Carbon82 said:

Anything that can save lives, I support. In Volvo I trust... 

 

WTH man, kudos to the truck driver👍👍, or the collision  avoidance system in action ?

With  mass production,  collision avoodance is becoming cheap, but the dealers are stripping  away this good feature for profitability reasons because of our tax and duties. 

 

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