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Special Report Rosco Vision Systems’ Danger Zone view.


of his full-sized bus purchases. Te Clark-Pleasant Community Schools Corporation in


Indiana made news earlier this year when IC Bus selected it to pilot a smorgasbord of technology. Two of the school corporation’s buses were equipped with collision mitigation technology to avoid crashes, and electronic stability control to avoid rollovers. Tat technology that is now standard on all new IC Buses. Transportation Director Bill Downin said the technology checked out in tests. “We really haven’t had the occasion to use it and I hope we never do,” he said. “Te stabilization should help if you’re in the snow and start to slide.” Downin said the buses were also equipped with radar that warns


the driver of any metallic objects in the road on foggy days and it even reads speed-limit signs. “It reads the sign and it will stop if you don’t slow down,” Downin said. “It also lets you know when you cross the yellow line.”


Downin said he is so impressed with the way the buses are performing, that he ordered two more buses with the same technology. “Probably every new bus from here on will have the same technology,” Downin said. “All the new ones will come with lap shoulder belts, also.”


STUDENT DETECTION SYSTEMS Student detection systems use sensors to detect movement in the


Danger Zone and sound an alarm to alert the driver. Ellison said he was interested in Tomas Built’s pedestrian detection system prototype when he saw it at the STN EXPO. While he thinks it is a good idea, one aspect concerned him. “Te pedestrian detection system is illegal in Oregon, because the detection box that mounts on the windshield is in the driver’s visibility area and creates a blind spot,” Ellison said. “I think it’s a great opportunity and a great add-on for the safety of school buses. However, in its current configuration, it’s illegal in Oregon.” A Tomas Built Bus representative told STN that multiple school districts are interested in piloting the system. “However,


30 School Transportation News • OCTOBER 2018


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