Bus

MVTA launches 'Driver Assist System'

Posted on November 23, 2010

The Minnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA) launched its Driver Assist System in regular passenger service along Cedar Avenue.

The system, deployed initially on 10 buses, allows bus drivers to make better use of existing bus-only shoulders between Apple Valley and Minneapolis along Trunk Highway 77.

"We are excited to be able to provide this enhancement to transit service that will help bus drivers maintain scheduled service, particularly in adverse weather conditions like those we have this week," said Michael Abegg, MVTA's project manager for the Driver Assist System.

The system provides a high-accuracy GPS-based position of the bus within the authorized shoulders and gives feedback to drivers through physical and visual enhancements.

According to MVTA Executive Director Beverley Miller, this project is a result of extensive partnership efforts that included the University of Minnesota's Intelligent Vehicles and HumanFIRST Laboratories; federal, state and local government; and MVTA's private operating contractor, Schmitty & Sons Transit, which hires and trains the drivers.

The implementation of the Driver Assist technology was accompanied by an extensive training program. Schmitty & Sons drivers were required to show proficiency in using the system in a training simulator and then transfer that proficiency to on-road training.

MVTA's Driver Assist System also marks the nation's first deployment in the U.S. Department of Transportation's Vehicle Assist and Automation (VAA) for Transit program. The VAA program is intended to advance the start of the art in areas such as guiding bus movement through narrow lanes, precision docking at stations and collision avoidance.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Calif. purchase incentives now available for New Flyer electric buses

The Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project was created by the California Air Resources Board to speed the early market introduction of clean, low-carbon hybrid and electric vehicles and is administered and implemented through a partnership with CALSTART.

REI receives New Flyer's gold 'Supplier' award

The company was recognized for exceeding delivery expectations for the fourth year in a row.

Luxury bus Leap Transit shut down for operating illegally

The startup was recently granted what’s known as the “authority to operate” — a precursor to an official license. But by driving its route between the Marina district and the Financial District without a license, regulators determined that Leap was breaking the law, according to SFGate.

New York MTA bus ridership down

Tens of thousands have been ditching the bus in Brooklyn and Manhattan, while there were modest gains on Bronx and Staten Island routes; Queens had a small decline in ridership, according to the MTA figures. The decline is attributed to traffic congestion and fare hikes.

DC Circulator set to intro new diesel-electric buses

In addition to being more energy efficient, the new buses will have better air conditioning and USB ports for riders to charge their phones.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The resource for managers of class 1-7 truck Fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close