Bus

Maryland MTA tests ‘talking’ buses

Posted on March 29, 2011

The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) is testing a new alert system to enhance pedestrian safety. The Safe Turn Alert system is an automated voice system that tells pedestrians, operators and passengers when a bus is turning a corner.

The automated voice warning system activates external and internal speakers when the bus operator turns the wheel. External speakers on both sides of the bus alert pedestrians that a bus is turning, while the internal message reminds operators to be aware of pedestrians.

The system operates automatically when the bus steering wheel turns by a 45-degree angle. Wheel trigger points initiate an audible message before a bus enters the crosswalk during a normal turn and prevents the message from being broadcast during a normal lane change. Outside speaker volume is automatically adjusted based on ambient noise measured by a microphone. An interior speaker is located behind the driver’s seat.
     
The MTA will use 10 buses to test Safe Turn Alert systems from two companies over the next two months. The buses will be used on various routes throughout the region. This test program will provide feedback to MTA officials as they determine the feasibility of expanding the Safe Turn Alert system. The system also is being tested or used in Cleveland, Ohio and Portland, Ore.

Bus passengers are also encouraged to comment on the new system.  Bulletins with contact information will be posted on buses using the test equipment.

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