Scania has developed a more comfortable, functional, and high-visibility operator’s station for its buses and coaches. The manufacturer produces coaches and buses for city, intercity, touring, and other applications.
“Our aim was to develop the very best workplace for a professional bus driver,” says Scania R&D Studio Engineer Lotta Jähkel. “All through the process we have focused on achieving the best visibility possible.”
A Command Station
A larger windscreen and thinner A-pillars open up a greater vista for drivers of new Scania buses and coaches. Likewise, the new, modular instrument panel’s top edge has been lowered by 80 millimetres (3.1 inches) to give the operator a clearer view of the street ahead. The panel can be offered in extended configurations with modules for bus stop applications or infotainment gear, the manufacturer says.
Scania introduced a production method never before used in buses to give the new instrument panel a quality look and feel, Jähkel says. The buttons on the panel are smaller now, but still easily visible and identifiable. This allows Scania to put more functions within easy reach of the driver.
New Scania buses and coaches accommodate a wider variety of driver heights, from 1,500 to 2,100 mm (4 feet, 11 inches to 6 ft, 11 in). The steering column has been reduced in size to provide more room for the operator’s knees and legs. Moreover, a new pedal arrangement lets the driver smoothly slide their foot between the accelerator and the brake pedal without lifting the foot, reducing fatigue during the work shift. Finally, Scania improved the climate control system in the driver area with enhanced air flow.
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