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path of travel. As Kilgore explained, the technol- ogy is no substitute for safe driving (the driver maintains responsibility for safe driving practices in all road conditions). Instead, it helps correct


course when the bus loses stability. This is a added benefit for any driver, particularly in challenging weather conditions. Blue Bird was the first to offer ESC as an option in 2015. The company


announced this past January that Bendix’s ESP solution will come standard on all mod- els that are equipped with air brakes, along with a backup camera from Rosco Vision Systems. A collision mitigation solution is also in development. “Roads are getting more


congested, and the complexity of driving is increasing every day,” said Trevor Rudderham, senior vice president for prod- uct planning and development with Blue Bird Buses in Macon, Georgia. “Therefore, any tech- nology we can deploy to help the drivers in their challenging task can only be a good thing.”


ESC & Collision Mitigation: Are They a Major Trend? Rudderham said feedback


from student transporters reflects a definite desire to add these features on school buses, to further enhance student safety. Similar technology, he pointed out, is successfully used in the automotive world and will be useful to buses. “We see cascading of these systems to school buses being a major trend,” he concluded. The test will be providing the technology to student transport- ers—without breaking budgets. “With electronic stability con-


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trol and collision mitigation, the safest mode of transporta- tion just got even better,” added Trish Reed, vice president and general manager for IC Bus. Reed explained that, “IC Bus is able to bring these advanced technologies to customers in a cost-effective manner, while delivering added peace of mind to school districts, school bus contractors, students and their parents.” ●


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