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system to work with it.” Gaborcik added that such systems are in place only to enhance


drivers’ skills. “Tey don’t remove the driver’s responsibility. Tey’re there to help drivers make the best decisions, not distract them,” Gaborcik explained. “Our system will have some false pos- itives, but we are going to err on the side of safety and too much rather than not enough. I would rather send a signal when no one is there than not, when someone is (there) and have a fatality.” Andersky said the “importance of integrated systems and func- tions is going to prove to be the winning hand” first with commer- cial vehicles and then with school buses. Tose systems—such as lane departure warning, speed-lim-


it recognition, stability controls and automatic braking—will extend beyond simply information available on a single vehicle and instead will collect information from other vehicles on the road (vehicle-to-vehicle, or V2V) and infrastructure (infrastruc- ture-to-vehicle, or V2I). Tis communication promises to help onboard systems gain more insight and, potentially, enable earlier and more proactive alerts and interventions to assist drivers. It’s going to be more the sum rather than the parts, he explained. “Te same type of needs can exist in the school bus market.


Tere’s no denying school buses are the safest mode of transpor- tation, but often, school buses are going no more than 25 or 35 mph, and they stop and go a lot to pick up kids,” Andersky said.


When you’re taking the football team or band to a game, all of a sudden, it’s not across town but cross-state. Tat’s where this and future technologies come more into play.” Burgeoning features inside the bus can protect people outside the bus, too. Andersky pointed out that Intellipark, Bendix’s intelligent parking brake, could be unveiled as early as Sept. 25 through 28 at this year’s North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta. “Tat big yellow parking brake knob attracts the attention of kids and they might accidentally release it. In the last six to eight months, we’ve seen two fatalities in those particular roll-away crashes,” Andersky said. “Intellipark realizes when the driver is not there and will reset the brake.” Meanwhile, NASDTS’ Hood said he views Abigail’s Law as a


“work in progress.” “Te hope is that New Jersey will end up with a spec that others can look at and say, ‘Tat’s a pretty good model’ and something we can at least look at adopting at the (National Con- gress on School Transportation) in 2020, if it’s viable,” he continued. In the end, Raphael said he remains cautiously optimistic about the implementation of Abigail’s Law. “In a perfect world, I would have liked to have seen more of a study done, a two-year pilot or something like that and some data collected,” he said. “But anything that makes buses safer, I’m all about.” ●


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